Health Care Experts Dismantle Loeffler’s Health Care “Plan” for Embracing “Junk” Policies That Allow Insurance Companies to Deny Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions
Atlanta, GA – Today, Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Reverend Raphael Warnock joined Protect Our Care, health care experts and Georgians to highlight Senator Kelly Loeffler’s sham plan that fails to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions and promotes “junk” insurance policies that can deny coverage for people with a pre-existing condition.
During a virtual press conference with former Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Andy Slavitt and Cindy Pursley, a Newnan resident who relies on the Affordable Care Act for health coverage, Warnock discussed the urgency of expanding access to quality, affordable health care – particularly in the face of current efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act and end protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
“This is one of the core differences between my opponent and me: I believe health care is a human right and she believes it is more important to protect her financial interests than something as important as Georgians’ health care,” said Reverend Warnock. “My message to Georgia voters is simple: Send me to the Senate and I will protect coverage for pre-existing conditions, make it easier to expand Medicaid, and fight to give our working families the quality, reliable care they can afford.”
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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