The Pickens County GOP committee meeting was held January 14th at the Pickens County administration building in Jasper.
PC Republican Party Chairman hosted the regular monthly meeting of the party featuring the Committee Meeting which involves county officials in the decisions for platform decisions of our county group in the year to come.
Special guests were Ron Johnson, 2nd Vice Chair-GA Republican Party & Chairman of the Jackson Co. Republican Party (right) and Bruce Azevedo, 1st Vice Chairman of the 9th District Republican Party & Chairman of the Madison Co. Republican Party (left). Teb Bowman, Chairman of our Pickens Co. Party hosted the meeting.
Rob Jones, Chairman County Commission & Kathy Boutwell, Chairperson of the Board of Elections is shown here as members of the County Committee.
A very good turn out also shows Peggy Andrews, PC School Board representative, enjoying the program.
Richard Andersen, Vice Chairman of Programs is shown here discussing a Position Statement from our local party which was adopted and sent to the 9th District and the GA Republican Party.
Special Recognition Awards were presented to 3 members who showed service and positive presentation for our local party: Wil Bell who chaired our parade entry at Christmas and co-chaired the 4th of July entry; David Leister (not in attendance) who chaired the 4th of July parade entry and worked tirelessly helping with the Christmas parade and any other project we had; and Joyce McCormick (not in attendance) who almost single handed designed and created the theme and decorations for our Tomato Sandwich Fiesta. Volunteers make any organization successful; we are blessed to have the best volunteers.
PICKENS COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY POSITION STATEMENT January 14, 2014
Primary goals of the Republican Party should be to strengthen health care delivery, reduce health care costs, and improve health care insurance coverage. To accomplish these goals, we must retake the Senate, repeal Obamacare and enact legislation to make the goals reality.
Obamacare is solely a creation of a Democrat President and a Democrat Congress. As it fails, that failure should be clearly attributed to the problems of Obamacare without reference to any other cause. Unfortunately, the concept and effort to defund this failed legislation was misguided and likely damaging to the Republican Party, no matter the motivation, because it gave the Democrats an opportunity to blame Republicans when such failure is solely due to the legislation’s own inherent problems.
Obamacare deals primarily with health care insurance. It does essentially nothing to improve health care delivery while it arguably makes both worse. The vast majority of Americans had satisfactory health insurance and health care delivery before this debacle. This failed attempt to add coverage to a small minority has seriously disrupted health care insurance and delivery for the majority.
To retake the Senate, we must cease the divisive intra-party squabbles and concentrate on fielding winning candidates. To enact effective health care legislation, we must agree on a single plan and sell it to the public.
This position statement should be fundamental to any messages on healthcare matters from the Republican Party.
(This statement was presented and voted upon by members present to be presented as a statement of the intent of our party to be involved in the making of policies for our District, State and National platforms.)