ATLANTA – Today, Georgia Democrats held a virtual press conference calling out Brian Kemp’s dangerous healthcare “plan,” Georgia’s failing healthcare system, Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act, and Georgia Democrats’ solutions to get the state back on track.
“One of the ways that we can decrease the number of uninsured Georgians is by Medicaid expansion, but Republicans have refused to do that,” said Luisa Wakeman, Democratic nominee for Georgia State House District 43. “They are playing political games with people’s lives. We must elect a strong Democratic House caucus to finally expand Medicaid and help get Georgians care.”
“Governor Kemp is trying to force feed Georgians bad medicine. A healthcare waiver plan that is going to kick tens of thousands of Georgians off their insurance in the middle of a pandemic, and make it more difficult to shop for, and enroll in, coverage,” said Dr. Michelle Au, Democratic nominee for Georgia State Senate District 48. “Georgians are sick and tired of paying for bad Republican leadership. We deserve better than this.”
“Expanding Medicaid would help stop these devastating hospital closures in rural areas, in addition to covering almost a half million Georgians who could have access to healthcare if we just expanded Medicaid. Even in the middle of a pandemic, they can’t put partisan politics aside to do the right thing and expand Medicaid,” said House Democratic Leader Rep. Bob Trammell.
“My opponent in this race, and the Republican Party in Georgia, is completely vested in this effort, led by President Trump, to litigate against the Affordable Care Act and want to bring it down ‘in its entirety.’ If they succeed before the Supreme Court and bring down the Affordable Act, people with pre-existing conditions – millions of Georgians – will face a significant threat to having health insurance,” said Carolyn Bourdeaux, Democratic nominee for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District. “I cannot believe that our President and the Republican leadership in this state and in this country would continue to press litigation forward that would deny people health insurance coverage even as we are facing a pandemic that has killed over 200,000 Americans. It is outrageous.”
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