Atlanta, GA – As Senate Republicans rush through a precedent-breaking Supreme Court nomination process and ignore urgent bills for health care reform and COVID relief, thousands of veterans in Georgia face months long waiting times for critical care.
Georgia is home to more than half a million veterans, and the state’s Veterans’ Administration is often at capacity when treating the people who have served in uniform. During the coronavirus pandemic, wait times have worsened as hospitals have shut down surgery rooms.
Partisan attacks on the United States Postal Service, which many veterans rely on to deliver prescription drugs, have compounded the problem. As Senator, Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and U.S. Senate candidate Reverend Raphael Warnock would cut through the bureaucracy and fight for health care policies that meet the unique needs of Georgia veterans.
“In the middle of a pandemic, a six-month wait time for people who have served our country is unconscionable. Instead of helping our veterans or working to provide health care and COVID relief, unelected Senator Loeffler and her Senate colleagues are trying to rush through a nomination that could play a hand in repealing the Affordable Care Act and taking health care away from even more Georgians,” said Warnock for Georgia spokesperson Ralph Jones, Jr. “As Senator, Reverend Warnock will never leave Georgia’s veterans behind.”
About Reverend Warnock
Reverend Raphael Warnock grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah. Fourteen 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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