This week, Governor* Brian Kemp and the Georgia GOP are continuing to advance their extreme agenda against Georgians’ health care – right as a new Atlanta Journal-Constitution report reveals that even more Georgians are getting much-needed coverage and protections for pre-existing conditions thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
The AJC reports that Georgia’s exchange market has finally stabilized with more than 460,000 Georgians signing up for healthcare, despite Kemp-backed efforts to derail the successful program and repeal the ACA. Right now, Kemp’s own Attorney General is sabotaging the progress by working to tear down the Affordable Care Act in court which would kick hundreds of thousands of Georgians off their healthcare and cause chaos throughout the health insurance market. The toxic Republican lawsuit would also end essential protections that Georgians rely on, including guaranteed coverage for pre-existing conditions and the provision allowing kids to stay on their parent’s health insurance until age 26.
“By continuing to be part of this toxic lawsuit, Brian Kemp is putting his extreme agenda and blind party loyalty over Georgians with pre-existing conditions and families worried about the rising cost of healthcare,” said Democratic Party of Georgia spokeswoman Maggie Chambers. “If Kemp truly wanted to protect Georgians, he would immediately pull out of this dangerous and reckless lawsuit that would kick hundreds of thousands of Georgians off their healthcare and end protections for those who need it most.”
According to the AJC, the lawsuit would impact Georgians who “never touched the federal health exchange including those with employer-sponsored insurance, have coverage for pre-existing conditions” and “have insurance that covers prescriptions, mental health and other ‘essential’ benefits.”