Health care aftermath: Nathan Deal resigns, forces gather for counteroffensive

8:41 am March 22, 2010, by Jim Galloway

What happened after the House passed the health care overhaul:

– According to Congressional Quarterly, “Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.) resigned from Congress less than an hour after he voted ‘no’ on the health care reform bill, according to the House Clerk’s office.”

CQ said the resignation by Deal, who is a GOP candidate for governor, was effective at 11:45 p.m. Sunday. Deal had postponed his resignation, originally scheduled for March 5, to cast a vote on the health care bill.

– Opponents of the health care overhaul announced a Saturday start to the counterreformation.

The Georgia chapter of Americans For Prosperity announced that it would start its counteroffensive strategy on Saturday, with a regional gathering of activists. U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell), Neal Boortz, Herman Cain and Martha Zoller will be on hand – though the exact time and place was not included in the notice.

– Opponents of health care reform announced a 10 a.m. rally at the state Capitol in an attempt to stir the House to pass HR 1086, which would amend the state Constitution to offer protection to those who choose not to participate in the new health care system. The notice was sent out by Jason Shepherd, a Republican House candidate from Marietta.