In a new piece, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Editorial Board is highlighting how the closure of the Atlanta Medical Center is one piece of Georgia’s health care system that’s failing under Gov. Brian Kemp and risking Georgians’ health and well-being.
The Atlanta Medical Center is the sixth hospital to shut down under Kemp, but the governor still refuses to expand Medicaid, which prevents Georgia from accessing billions in federal funds to help support struggling hospitals and which also blocks 500,000 Georgians from accessing affordable health care. Georgia is one of just twelve states that hasn’t expanded Medicaid.
38 states, including many under Republican governors, and Washington D.C., have expanded Medicaid. Earlier this year, Kemp campaigned with former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Mike Pence, who both expanded Medicaid during their terms as governor.
The AJC Editorial Board piece also notes that about 1.4 million Georgians have no health insurance, an uninsured rate 50% higher than the national average. Under Kemp, Georgia’s uninsured rate is the 2nd highest in the nation at 14.5%.
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