Joined By Georgia Health Care Providers, Warnock Outlined His Plan to Improve Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care Coverage
Atlanta, GA — Yesterday, Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Reverend Raphael Warnock and health care providers from across Georgia held a virtual roundtable to discuss protecting and expanding access to quality health care and urge Georgians to register to vote and apply for an absentee ballot.
Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Emory University Dr. Anurag Sahu, rural health expert and the last doctor in Clay County Dr. Karen Kinsell, and Macon physician Dr. Kris Ellis spoke with Warnock about his plan to ensure the future of health care in Georgia as well as the role of public leadership during this global pandemic. The event was moderated by Senator Tammy Duckworth.
Warnock’s priorities are a stark contrast from Senator Kelly Loeffler’s sham plan that promotes “junk” insurance policies that allow insurance companies to deny coverage to people with a pre-existing condition.
“Georgians cannot afford Loeffler’s leadership in Washington any longer. The hard-working families in this state deserve a Senator who prioritizes positive health outcomes for ALL Georgians,” said Warnock. “And behind all of these policy decisions, behind all of these conversations around Georgia’s kitchen tables, is a fundamental question of who we want to be as a state in this moment.”
Here’s what you need to know about Loeffler’s sham plan:
- Loeffler’s proposal would codify into law the junk insurance plans pushed by the Trump Administration, which are not required to cover pre-existing conditions, can impose coverage limits, and allow insurers to keep massive amounts of their profits instead of investing in patients’ health care.
- Loeffler’s proposal encourages states to follow Georgia’s new waiver eliminating use of healthcare.gov to help Georgian’s enroll in health insurance. Brookings predicts could result in 100,000 fewer Georgians getting insurance.
Loeffler has backed efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, saying she is “100% supportive” of President Trump’s agenda, which includes a lawsuit to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, including protections for 1.8 million Georgians living with pre-existing conditions. In October, she cast a vote in support of that lawsuit.
In the Senate, Reverend Warnock would fight to protect, improve and build in the Affordable Care Act; encourage Medicaid expansion in Georgia and support rural and urban hospitals; and support legislation to lower the costs of prescription drugs, including legislation to authorize the federal government to negotiate with drug companies to bring down prices.
About Reverend Warnock
Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah. Fifteen years ago, he was chosen to serve as Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the former pulpit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is only the fifth Senior Pastor in the history of the church and the youngest pastor ever selected to serve in that position. Reverend Warnock believes his service does not stop at the church door, and has been an advocate to expand health care coverage and to ensure hardworking Georgians can make a living wage. As Senator, Reverend Warnock will bring to Washington the concerns of struggling Georgia families who wonder why no one is looking out for them, and focus on fighting for quality, affordable health care, for the dignity of working people who are paid too little as our government works more for Wall Street, and to make sure every voice is heard.
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