In press conferences with Augusta, Albany, Columbus, Macon, and Savannah media, Warnock underscored the need to expand Medicaid to provide critical funding and prevent more rural hospitals from closing
Atlanta, GA – In the past three weeks, Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and U.S. Senate candidate Reverend Raphael Warnock held regional press conferences with media outlets from across the state about the critical need to expand Medicaid and protect rural hospitals.
Warnock was joined at the press conferences by community leaders, legislators, and veterans, including State Reps. Calvin Smyre, Gloria Frazier, and Winfred Dukes, State Sen. Lester Jackson, former nurse Rosemary Mackey, Clay County doctor Karen Kinsell, business owner and parent Lakeisha Harvey, and pastor and veteran Mark Lawrence. These leaders spoke in one voice about the need for positive change and the importance of electing a leader who will fight for health care and the over 1.8 million Georgians with pre-existing conditions.
At the press conferences, Warnock also highlighted the rising costs of health care, limited access to prescription drugs following attacks on the USPS, and the slew of hospital closures in rural areas in recent years. Warnock has been a strong advocate for expanding Medicaid, while Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins are complicit in efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act and take away health care protections for millions of Georgians — while we’re in the middle of a pandemic.
“Reverend Warnock believes health care is a human right and he is committed to fighting for quality, affordable health care access for all Georgians. With nine rural hospitals closing since 2010, hundreds of thousands of people in the Medicaid gap, and a global pandemic causing unprecedented strain on our health care system, we cannot afford to send another Senator to Washington who is content to take away health care protections for millions of Georgians. Now more than ever, Warnock is the health care advocate we need in the Senate,” said Meredith Brasher, spokesperson for Warnock for Georgia.
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- “What worries me is that our federal government is not providing the support that local communities need in order to respond in a robust manner to the COVID-19 situation. … It underscores the absolute urgency for us to have representation and leadership that believes in quality, accessible, affordable health care.”
- “Senator Kelly Loeffler and Congressman Doug Collins are trying to take healthcare protections for millions of Georgians,” said Raphael Warnock. “They are standing by the administration as they are trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. That would leave 1.8 million Georgians who have preexisting conditions without access to health care, in the middle of a pandemic.”
- “I say all the time that elections have consequences, and we’re learning in this moments it’s literally a matter of life and death. And right now I’m running against two opponents,” Warnock said.
- “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus continuing disparities in our healthcare system that have been with us for a very long time,” said Warnock. “We have had issues that have needed to be addressed, but COVID-19 have brought it into sharp focus.”
- “It’s in the best interest of all of us, for our neighbors to be covered. That should have been clear at any time, but it is exceedingly clear as we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Warnock.
Savannah Business Journal: Warnock Holds Press Conference with Savannah Media Hitting on Healthcare Issue
- The leading Democratic candidate in the Nov. 3 Special Election is Reverend Raphael Warnock from Atlanta, who grew up in Kayton Homes public housing in Savannah. He held a virtual press conference Monday with local media as he continues his campaign to make the runoff to unseat Sen. Kelly Loeffler.
- “I rise today to say that health care is a human right and it is certainly something that the richest nation in the world can and ought to provide for all of its citizens,” U.S. Senate candidate, Reverend Raphael Warnock said.