As Stacey Abrams calls on Brian Kemp to suspend the state gas tax through the end of the year, a Georgia doctor is sounding the alarm about challenges that rural Georgia communities will continue to face in accessing crucial health care services if Kemp does not take action. Dr. Randolph Bishop, who practices in Savannah, joined Fox & Friends on Tuesday to warn that the most vulnerable would continue to be the most impacted by Brian Kemp’s refusal to extend a suspension of the state gas tax through the end of the year, which would help provide lower prices and stability for working Georgians impacted by rising fuel costs.
Kemp has also consistently blocked Medicaid expansion in Georgia, which denies health coverage to over 500,000 people and keeps health costs higher across the board. Expanding Medicaid would have also provided much-needed support for rural hospitals that have closed, like Lower Oconee Community Hospital (Glenwood, GA) and Charlton Memorial Hospital (Folkston, GA), both in the general areas that Dr. Bishop’s patients travel from.
Context: After Stacey Abrams called on Brian Kemp to suspend the state gas tax through the end of the year to help hardworking Georgians in the long term, the governor still hasn’t committed to action. Instead, Kemp’s allies are scrambling to claim credit for the policy even while the governor refuses to extend the gas tax suspension, saying it “can only last for so long.” The result? Georgia families could continue facing higher costs and uncertainty through the end of the year.
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