State of Georgia Archives: on Health Care


Raphael Warnock: Arrested in 2014 when GA refused to expand Medicaid

Warnock's stature as a dynamic preacher at an historic church also helped cement his political stature. He and 10 others were arrested in 2014 at the Georgia Capitol when the state refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Source: NBC News on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 7, 2020

Raphael Warnock: AdWatch: Don't get rid of healthcare in middle of a pandemic

VOICEOVER: Raphael Warnock eats pizza with a fork and knife.

VIDEO: Warnock eating pizza with a fork and knife.

VOICEOVER: Raphael Warnock once stepped on a crack in the sidewalk.

VIDEO: Warnock stepping on a crack in the sidewalk.

VOICEOVER: Raphael Warnock even hates puppies.

VIDEO: Puppy barking at the camera.

WARNOCK [sitting on porch steps, speaking to camera]: Get ready, Georgia. The negative ads air coming.

TEXT ONSCREEN: Reverend Raphael Warnock

WARNOCK: Kelly Loeffler doesn't want to talk about why she's for getting rid of healthcare in the middle of a pandemic. So she's going to try and scare you with lies about me. I'm Raphael Warnock, and I approve this message because I'm staying focused on what Washington could do for you.

VIDEO: Warnock smiling at camera, holding and petting that same puppy.

WARNOCK [speaking offscreen]: And by the way, I love puppies.

TEXT ONSCREEN: Approved by Raphael Warnock. Paid for by Warnock for Georgia.

Source: OnTheIssues AdWatch transcript: 2019-20 Georgia Senate race Nov 5, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Supports public option over Medicare-for-All

During a sit-down with the New York Times in 2019, Ossoff said he supported the Affordable Care Act with a public option over Medicare-for-All to save the private insurance market.
Source: Fox News on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 4, 2020

Allen Buckley: Tax subsidies for health savings accounts (HSAs)

Q: How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

A: By reducing the impact of the third party in the health care equation, thus creating competition and incentive for individuals to control costs. All should be eligible for coverage, and there should be no discrimination based on pre-existing conditions except conditions brought on by the individual (e.g. smoking). I recommend modifying high deductible health plans and only allowing tax subsidies for high deductible coverage and health savings accounts (HSAs) contributions, while creating incentives for states to increase competition (such as by reducing Medicaid funding to states that maintain certificate of need (CON) laws). Aside from changing the Medicare eligibility age (discussed below), I recommend slight modification to Medicare benefits to achieve competition and incentive for individuals to control costs.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate Nov 3, 2020

David Perdue: Repeal fining poor because they can't afford ObamaCare

Q: Support Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare?

Perdue: No. Voted to repeal ACA. "The poorest among us will continue to be fined because they can't afford ObamaCare."

Ossoff: Yes. Will "work to improve [ACA], not repeal it, so we can make affordable insurance and quality care available to all Americans."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

David Perdue: COVID: We've done everything we could

Q: Your opinion on COVID response?

Perdue: Trump and Pence are "taking the coronavirus very seriously." "We've done everything we could." Trump "has taken unprecedented action to protect the American people; now we're working to safely reopen [and] help small businesses continue to weather this crisis."

Ossoff: "Tens of millions are losing jobs, essential workers are underpaid, under-protected and underinsured [while] help for ordinary people and smaller firms has been meager and slow."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Derrick Grayson: High-risk pool for individuals with pre-existing conditions

Q: How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

A: By encouraging States to do their job and allowing insurance companies to do business across states lines. Also, ensuring a mechanism exists such as a high risk pool for individuals with pre-existing conditions, so that they may have guaranteed and affordable access to healthcare coverage as well.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate Nov 3, 2020

Doug Collins: Voted more than 50 times to repeal the ACA

Q: Support Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare?

Doug Collins: No. Has "voted more than 50 times to repeal the ACA." ACA "shattered insurance market."

Kelly Loeffler: No. Supports lawsuit to end. Calls Medicare for All insidious attack on liberty.

Raphael Warnock: Yes. Would "protect, improve, and build upon the Affordable Care Act."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Doug Collins: COVID: Trump saved lives, getting our economy back

Q: Your opinion on the federal response to COVID?<

Doug Collins: Sees Trump as "pushing to fix the COVID-19 issue but also to get our economy back." Trump also "saved lives."

Kelly Loeffler: "Trump and his administration have taken the threat of COVID-19 seriously from the beginning."

Raphael Warnock: Both Georgia and Trump have stumbled on pandemic response. "We need leadership that believes in science and will act with integrity."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Ed Tarver: I embrace the framework of the Affordable Care Act

Q: How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

A: I embrace the framework and structure of the Affordable Care Act and support a Medicaid-like alternative for qualified Americans without healthcare.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate Nov 3, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Improve ACA, not repeal it

Q: Support Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare?

Ossoff: Yes. Will "work to improve [ACA], not repeal it, so we can make affordable insurance and quality care available to all Americans."

Perdue: No. Voted to repeal ACA. "The poorest among us will continue to be fined because they can't afford ObamaCare."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Jon Ossoff: COVID: Trump's response "gross incompetence"

Q: Your opinion on COVID response?

Ossoff: Calls the Trump administration's handling of the pandemic "gross incompetence." "Tens of millions are losing jobs, essential workers are underpaid, under-protected and underinsured [while] help for ordinary people and smaller firms has been meager and slow."

Perdue: Trump "has taken unprecedented action to protect the American people; now we're working to safely reopen [and] help small businesses continue to weather this crisis."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: End ACA: Medicare for All is an attack on liberty

Q: Support Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare?

Kelly Loeffler: No. Supports lawsuit to end. Calls Medicare for All insidious attack on liberty.

Raphael Warnock: Yes. Would "protect, improve, and build upon the Affordable Care Act."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: COVID: Trump took threat seriously from the beginning

Q: Your opinion on the federal response to COVID?

Kelly Loeffler: "Trump and his administration have taken the threat of COVID-19 seriously from the beginning."

Raphael Warnock: Both Georgia and Trump have stumbled on pandemic response. "We need leadership that believes in science and will act with integrity."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Protect, improve, build upon the Affordable Care Act

Q: Support Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare?

Raphael Warnock: Yes. Would "protect, improve, and build upon the Affordable Care Act."

Kelly Loeffler: No. Supports lawsuit to end. Calls Medicare for All insidious attack on liberty.

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Raphael Warnock: COVID: We need leadership that believes in science

Q: Your opinion on the federal response to COVID?<

Raphael Warnock: Both Georgia and Trump have stumbled on pandemic response. "We need leadership that believes in science and will act with integrity."

Kelly Loeffler: "Trump and his administration have taken the threat of COVID-19 seriously from the beginning."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Jon Ossoff: COVID: out of control because government ignored science

On COVID: "We are in the middle of a grave public health crisis. It is spiraling out of control because Washington politicians downplayed the crisis, ignored the medical science, undermined the doctors and scientists who knew what they're doing," Ossoff said. "And senator David Perdue, in the middle of this health crisis, is still supporting efforts to repeal protections for Georgians with preexisting conditions."
Source: Associated Press on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 28, 2020

Shane Hazel: Have state and fed remove themselves from healthcare

Q: What can be done to fix healthcare problems?

A: First of all, get all the federal bureaucracy out of the way. Next, Georgians will have to demand the state removes themselves from the healthcare market. Then, we allow the free market and free people to work on these problems without force and coercion. We are bureaucrats and politicians [and] pick the winners and losers where the stakes are life and death. Lastly, we promote charity. So the needy receive care through the consent of the giving

Source: Atlanta Magazine on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 27, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Expand Medicaid, invest in new public health clinics

We must expand Medicaid to ensure that every Georgian gets health insurance and to sustain rural hospitals. We need to invest in new public health clinics to ensure underserved and rural communities have access to healthcare. We need to end price-gouging by insurance and drug companies who have bought off Congress.
Source: Atlanta magazine on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 23, 2020

Valencia Stovall: Supports ObamaCare, and bailouts during public health crises

Q: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?

A: No.

Q: Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?

A: Yes. The government should provide funds or tax credits to offset the cost to businesses. These public health crises are not under the control of normal business operations.

Source: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate PVS Political Courage Test Oct 10, 2020

David Perdue: Market based solutions, crack down on fraud in Medicare

We need lower prescription drug costs, and increased access to health care through market-based solutions that increase competition--not government controls that have never really worked. I believe that increasing transparency and cracking down on fraud in Medicare would improve the program's long-term viability. We need to guarantee coverage for preexisting conditions and protect seniors from surprise medical bills.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 8, 2020

David Perdue: Incentivize drug manufacturers to lower prices

The cost of prescription drugs is one of the biggest drivers of healthcare costs in America. I've put forward plans that would incentivize drug manufacturers to offer their products at a lower cost and address inefficiencies in the drug market supply chain. I've also fought for legislation that would require pharmacists to disclose fees and price concessions they use for Medicare Part D. All Americans, and especially our seniors, deserve transparency at the pharmacy counter.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 8, 2020

David Perdue: Invest in equipping vulnerable populations

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and we need to take special measures to ensure their safety. The CARES Act made sure that PPE shortages for long-term care facilities were addressed and passed billions of dollars in funding for our providers to care for our seniors who'd become infected. We expanded telehealth and home health flexibilities. It's vital that we make sure we continue our investment in equipping vulnerable populations not just now but for future crises as well.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 8, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Will oppose ongoing efforts to defund Medicare

Medicare is an absolutely vital program. It's a healthcare program that America's seniors rely upon, and I will vote to ensure they can continue to rely upon it. I will oppose efforts to weaken Medicare. I will oppose efforts to shift the burden of health care costs further on to seniors. I'll work to empower Medicare to further lower health care costs--for example, by negotiating lower prescription drug costs. I will oppose ongoing efforts to defund Medicare.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 8, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Empower Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices

The cost of medicine in America is an absolute scandal. The drug companies lobbied Congress so that Medicare can't negotiate lower prescription drug prices. They've bought off politicians, who let the drug companies keep price-gouging the American citizens. Lowering the cost of medicine in America will be among my top priorities in the U.S. Senate. I will stand up to those drug company lobbyists, crack down on price gouging to empower Medicare to negotiate lower prices.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 8, 2020

Jon Ossoff: More federal support for eldercare in America

I support expanding the Public Health Service, so that there are more doctors and nurses qualified in geriatrics and eldercare to help us staff elder care facilities. I support, as part of a significant health care reform package, more federal support for eldercare in America so that America's seniors, regardless of wealth, can depend upon a dignified retirement where health is taken care of and where they have highly qualified professionals to attend to them as necessary.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 8, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: Against Medicare for All, use free market solutions

My goal is to make sure that seniors have better access to quality, affordable health care. I will never cut funding for seniors. Democrats are pushing a dangerous "Medicare for All" system that would bankrupt our country, increase health care costs, reduce coverage and decrease the quality of care. We need to look at ways to increase the efficiency in the current system, cut waste, use free market solutions to drive down the cost of healthcare while increasing affordability and quality.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: Reduce regulation, increase competition, cut waste

Every Georgian should have access to high-quality, affordable care. The path to that future will require that we reduce regulation, increase competition and cut waste. Trump has taken action to lower drug prices using exactly these principles, bringing more competition to the market, cutting out the middleman insurers. The socialist Democrats want "Medicare for All," which would mean less choice in the insurance market, worse care and more expensive doctor visits.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: For nursing homes, we need tort reform & to cut regulations

I've worked hard throughout COVID-19 to ensure that our nursing homes and long-term care facilities have access to the funding and the support that they need to keep serving our seniors, especially those in rural Georgia. For our nursing homes, for our long-term care facilities, we've got to look at tort reform and other ways to eliminate burdensome regulations that slow down access and reduce quality.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Expand Medicaid, protect Medicare

One of the things that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharper focus is the need for a healthcare ecosystem that embraces all citizens, particularly the most vulnerable. States like Georgia need to expand Medicaid, and we need to protect Medicare. I will stand up against any effort to raise the age of eligibility. We have to make sure that Medicare is there, providing affordable, accessible health care, and that we keep the price of prescription drugs within control.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices

The high cost of prescription drugs is a sad example of the outsized influence of corporate interests in our politics. Not only has Big Pharma raised the price of generic drugs--in some cases tenfold--they've made it difficult for us to create a system in which generic drugs could lower the cost of prescriptions. Medicare ought to be able to negotiate for lower prescription drugs. The VA does this right now. It's cut the cost of prescription drugs in half. Why can't we do it for Medicare?
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Expand Medicaid to help with long-term care services

We know that Medicaid is the biggest payer of long-term care services such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. I will be working hard to expand Medicaid funding and to help our state leaders to see that we have to expand Medicaid here in Georgia. We've got to strengthen the Affordable Care Act so that we can ensure that our rural hospitals stay open, that we can hire long-term care workers and that people with preexisting conditions will have coverage.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 7, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Will focus on expanding quality, affordable health care

Reverend Warnock believes his impact 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. He will 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.
Source: 2020 GA Senate campaign website WarnockForGeorgia.com Aug 18, 2020

Raphael Warnock: 2014: Arrested at demonstration for Medicaid expansion

Warnock pointed to his long-time advocacy for health care. In 2014, he was arrested during a demonstration calling for Medicaid expansion at the Georgia State Capitol. "I've always been engaged, for years, in this fight for health care that is affordable, accessible and of great quality," he told CNHI. "That we don't allow politicians who are in the pockets of big business to steal the promise of decent and affordable health care to ordinary people."
Source: NARAL on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate endorsements Aug 3, 2020

Raphael Warnock: COVID: Crisis handled like country with no resources at all

Q: Congressmembers questioned Attorney General Barr on his characterization of Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic as, quote, "superb."

WARNOCK: Superb? You should tell that to the families of now nearly 150,000 Americans who are dead. Superb? We have more than our share of the coronavirus cases. In a real sense, this crisis is being handled in our country as if we were a country with no resources at all.

Source: Democracy Now on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Jul 29, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Ensure all Americans have insurance, for public option

This pandemic should be a massive wake-up call for those who doubt the necessity of ensuring all Americans have health insurance. I'll vote to protect and strengthen Medicare, and I support offering all Americans a public health insurance option as an affordable alternative to private insurance. Your insurance will be your choice. Americans will be free to maintain exclusively private health insurance or to purchase supplemental private insurance on top of the public plan if they so choose.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Expand Medicaid; keep children's health care

Reverend Warnock is proud of his legacy protesting in Governor Nathan Deal's office for Medicaid expansion, and in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol fighting back against an immoral budget that would have cut funding for children's health care. Even before the coronavirus, our state's health care system was in a crisis compounded by the failure of Georgia's leaders to expand Medicaid. Today, 518,000 Georgians would be eligible for health care if our leaders took action.ˇ
Source: 2020 GA Senate campaign website WarnockForGeorgia.com May 17, 2020

Teresa Tomlinson: Lower Medicare eligibility to 55, offer public option

Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website, TeresaTomlinson.com Jan 12, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: Insidious socialism like Medicare-for-All attacks liberty

Socialism, and its societal and financial costs, is a very real threat to the freedoms that allow us to prosper as a country. The Green New Deal and Medicare for All represent insidious attacks on the unparalleled liberty that we as Americans enjoy today--and that others in countries around the world are fighting to gain. The radical left doesn't know or care how many jobs or dollars their government takeovers will cost.
Source: Bluffton Today on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 30, 2019

Kelly Loeffler: Supports overhaul of Medicaid in Georgia

Loeffler said, "I know that health care is not a one size fits all solution," Loeffler said. She likes what Kemp has proposed for overhauling Medicaid in Georgia. "I think our state is in a position to start solving these (issues) in a novel and innovati
Source: Augusta Chronicle on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 23, 2019

Matt Lieberman: Expand ObamaCare; add public option

I want to expand on the success of ObamaCare and include a public option.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Const. on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 3, 2019

Tom Price: Forced out of HHS for travel expenses

He served for roughly seven months as health secretary before being forced out in September 2017 over the travel expenditures. Trump was also angry with Republicans' failure to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The government spent nearly $1.2 million on the secretary's travel during his seven months in office. Price apologized and repaid a small portion of the money.
Source: Associated Press on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Sep 26, 2019

Teresa Tomlinson: Concerned about closure of rural hospitals

Tomlinson stopped by Grady General Hospital, where physician Ashley Register provided a tour of the hospital facilities. The stop came about because Tomlinson said she's concerned about the closure of rural hospitals in the state, which she attributes to an "ego battle" in Washington. "It's devolved into this addiction of the fight," she said. "That's all they want to do, is fight about which party is going to win this war about healthcare."
Source: Times-Enterprise on 2020 Georgia Senate race Aug 7, 2019

Brian Kemp: Supported limited instead of full expansion of Medicaid

Legislative Summary: SB 106: A BILL to authorize the Department of Community Health to submit a waiver request to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Analysis by Georgia Public Broadcasting: The Patients First Act requests a Medicaid waiver from the federal government. Both proponents and opponents of the move are making it clear a waiver isn't the same as full Medicaid expansion, which is what then- President Obama envisioned for states when crafting the Affordable Care Act. Democrats say a waiver doesn't go far enough while some conservatives say even a partial expansion is too costly.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 32-20-4, Vote #65 on Feb/26/19; Passed House 104-67-9, Vote #288 on Mar/25/19; Signed by Governor Brian Kemp on Mar/27/19

Source: GBP.org on Georgia legislative voting record SB 106 Mar 27, 2019

Nikema Williams: Opposed limited instead of full expansion of Medicaid

Legislative Summary: SB 106: A BILL to authorize the Department of Community Health to submit a waiver request to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Analysis by Georgia Public Broadcasting: The Patients First Act requests a Medicaid waiver from the federal government. Both proponents and opponents of the move are making it clear a waiver isn't the same as full Medicaid expansion, which is what then- President Obama envisioned for states when crafting the Affordable Care Act. Democrats say a waiver doesn't go far enough while some conservatives say even a partial expansion is too costly.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 32-20-4, Vote #65 on Feb/26/19; State Sen. Nikema Williams voted NO; Passed House 104-67-9, Vote #288 on Mar/25/19; Signed by Governor Brian Kemp on Mar/27/19

Source: GBP.org on Georgia legislative voting record SB 106 Feb 26, 2019

Renee Unterman: Supported limited instead of full expansion of Medicaid

Legislative Summary: SB 106: A BILL to authorize the Department of Community Health to submit a waiver request to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Analysis by Georgia Public Broadcasting: The Patients First Act requests a Medicaid waiver from the federal government. Both proponents and opponents of the move are making it clear a waiver isn't the same as full Medicaid expansion, which is what then- President Obama envisioned for states when crafting the Affordable Care Act. Democrats say a waiver doesn't go far enough while some conservatives say even a partial expansion is too costly.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 32-20-4, Vote #65 on Feb/26/19; State Sen. Renee Unterman voted YES; Passed House 104-67-9, Vote #288 on Mar/25/19; Signed by Governor Brian Kemp on Mar/27/19

Source: GBP.org on Georgia legislative voting record SB 106 Feb 26, 2019

Brian Kemp: Rural counties deserve a patient-centered healthcare system

While different parts of our state have unique challenges and concerns, all Georgians deserve a patient-centered healthcare system that puts families first. The status quo is unacceptable. Seventy-nine counties have no OB/GYN. Sixty-four counties have no pediatrician. Nine counties have no doctor. Insurers are leaving the state, and hardworking Georgians are struggling to pay their premiums.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Georgia legislature Jan 17, 2019

Brian Kemp: Don't expand the broken Medicaid system

We have included $1 million in the Department of Community Health's budget to craft state flexibility options for Georgia's Medicaid program. We will expand access without expanding a broken system that fails to deliver for patients. We will drive competition and improve quality while encouraging innovation. I will work with the legislature to grow the rural hospital tax credit, tackle the doctor shortage, and build a healthier Georgia.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Georgia legislature Jan 17, 2019

Stacey Abrams: Medicaid expansion for reduced cost & preexisting conditions

Q: President Obama hit the trail for your campaign in Georgia this week. He recently made headlines after calling Medicare-for-All a "good new idea." You have not expressed support for Medicare-for-All. Do you think President Obama is wrong?

ABRAMS: I don't think that he's wrong. I think that, as a national conversation, there certainly should be an ongoing review of what Medicare-for-All can do. But a single state cannot make that change. Georgia does not have the financial capacity to provide that type of coverage. That is a federal conversation. In Georgia, we have to do the fundamentals, including the expansion of Medicaid. That's how we provide access to health care. That's how we reduce costs. That's how we protect preexisting conditions. My focus is on how I can serve Georgia, and that means a focus on Medicaid expansion.

Source: CNN interviews for 2018 Georgia Governor race Nov 4, 2018

Stacey Abrams: Paying for uncompensated care brings money back

Q: You want to expand Medicaid, under Obamacare. You say that would cost nearly $300 million-how will that get paid?

ABRAMS: Georgia spends about $1.75 billion per year on uncompensated care. That's health care costs. By expanding Medicaid, we can join states like Kentucky that cut that number in half. That's savings that will go directly into providing access. My plan is to put money back into the pockets of hardworking Georgians. And all of the plans I have proposed, which are detailed, specific, and have pay-fors, all of those programs can be done under our current budget in the state of Georgia. What's more important is that the economic benefit to our state is dramatic, thousands of more jobs, thousands of good-paying jobs, access to health care coverage, and improvement for our state overall.

Q: So, you're telling Georgia families that none of them are going to have to pay higher taxes with you as governor?

ABRAMS: I do not intend to raise taxes. That is not the necessity.

Source: CNN interviews for 2018 Georgia Governor race Nov 4, 2018

Brian Kemp: Require people to work to receive Medicaid

Healthcare: Support or Repeal ACA, aka ObamaCare? Accept ACA's Medicaid expansion to subsidize low-income participants?

Abrams: Supports ACA. Led efforts to expand Medicaid, which is "transformative for our state."

Kemp: Repeal ACA. "[It] is an absolute disaster & needs to be repealed immediately." Opposes Medicaid expansion.

Healthcare: Require people to work to receive Medicaid?

Abrams: No.

Kemp: Yes.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Georgia Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Hunter Hill: Healthcare should be done by states

No legislation in recent memory defies the principles of a free market economy more than ObamaCare. Not only does it violate our conservative principles, but it has wreaked havoc upon the American family and small businesses by driving premiums through the roof. The only way to make healthcare more affordable and deliver better results for patients is to infuse free-market principles into the process and to allow each state to craft its own plan.
Source: 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial website VoteHunterHill.com Sep 1, 2017

Stacey Abrams: Expand Medicaid; explore universal coverage

Stacey worked to sign Georgians up for the Affordable Care Act and she has fought for Medicaid expansion. As governor, Stacey will work to expand Medicaid and provide coverage for 500,000 Georgians, create 56,000 jobs, stabilize our rural counties and explore pathways to universal coverage in our state.
Source: 2018 Georgia Governor website StaceyAbrams.com Aug 17, 2017

Brian Kemp: Free market replacement for ObamaCare

ObamaCare is an absolute disaster and it needs to be repealed immediately. We need a free market replacement that puts Georgia patients--not government bureaucrats or special interests--first.
Source: Facebook posting on 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial race Aug 14, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Defend Medicare and Medicaid and affordable health care

It is in our strong national interest that every American have quality, affordable health care. Whether it's a newborn just home from the hospital, a mother battling cancer, or a veteran returned from overseas, our health isn't negotiable. Our quality of life, our strength, and our prosperity depend on it. It's time to move beyond the tired, partisan debate over health care policy, agree on some basic principles, and solve problems:Jon will work to defend Medicare and Medicaid, ensure young people can stay on their family plan, prevent discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions, and ensure veterans swiftly get the care and benefits they've earned.
Source: 2017 Georgia House campaign website, ElectJon.com Apr 21, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Maintain funding for CDC pandemic infrastructure

Congressional candidate Jon Ossoff called on the other 17 candidates in the Sixth District race to unify in opposition to a provision of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that would gut the health security infrastructure necessary to detect and fight infectious disease outbreaks like Ebola and Zika.

The provision would slash funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), devastating efforts to protect Georgians and the nation from deadly pandemics. The massive cuts would eliminate the Prevention and Public Health fund, which is critical to preventing outbreaks of dangerous diseases like Ebola and Zika.

"This is a national security issue," said Ossoff. "No matter where candidates stand on the overall bill, we should unite to protect Georgia families from the deadly outbreak of diseases like Ebola and Zika," said Ossoff.

Source: 2017 Georgia House campaign website, ElectJon.com Mar 13, 2017

Jim Barksdale: ObamaCare isn't perfect, but it's a good step

Jim knows the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but he believes it was a good step toward providing all of our citizens the freedom to get sick without the threat of bankruptcy. While the Washington crowd has focused on repealing health care-- returning us back to the days where insurance companies could terminate your coverage if it got too expensive, a pre-existing condition meant being forced to stay at a job just to maintain some health coverage, and women had to pay much more for their insurance--Jim would focus on making the Affordable Care Act work better.

Jim believes it's outrageous that people in other countries can buy the same prescription drugs for less than we can in the United States, and wants to see Medicare be able to negotiate lower prescription drug prices in order to cut costs without reducing quality for our seniors. And 10% of Medicare coverage spending goes towards "improper payments," or charges that have no purpose.

Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website JimBarksdale.com Aug 8, 2016

Allen Buckley: Eliminate premiums; raise coinsurance contribution

[We should] change healthcare so people don't have to pay premiums, but they have to pay a higher percentage of the cost in terms of coinsurance, so they have significant skin in the game when they make a healthcare decision; and also change the subsidies for healthcare in the tax system for employer based coverage. Everyone needs to care about their purchases, instead of the situation now where a lot of people don't care because they pay for very little of their healthcare"
Source: The Red & Black on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Feb 11, 2016

Nathan Deal: Medicaid expansion costs too much

The cost of Medicaid has grown from $2.6 billion in FY2013 to $3.1 billion in FY2017. Medicaid and PeachCare spending per Georgia family amounts to $1,258 per annum. When federal and other costs are added to this number, it is at least $4,365 each year. And that's without expansion. Had we elected to expand Medicaid, it would have required us to include approximately $209 million in this upcoming year's budget alone and that number would only continue to grow exponentially.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Georgia legislature Jan 13, 2016

Nathan Deal: Affordable Care Act is waste of money

To demonstrate our compliance with the mandates of the Affordable Care Act, we must devote $2.1 million in FY2017 budget just to turn in the paper work. When you combine the cost of federal dollars to that total, it is $4.4 million. In other words, this is just what it costs to tell the IRS that everyone in our State Health Benefit Plan and Medicaid program is covered. I can assure you that those funds could have been put to better use than on bureaucratic paperwork.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Georgia legislature Jan 13, 2016

Derrick Grayson: Repeal ObamaCare and replace it with nothing

Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website, grayson2016.com Oct 9, 2015

Rick Allen: ObamaCare is wrong approach & needs to be stopped

In 2010, the Democrats in Congress rammed through ObamaCare, hurting our senior citizens by slashing billions from Medicare, decreasing the quality of healthcare and, most disturbingly, putting Washington bureaucrats between patients and doctors. It's the wrong approach to healthcare and it needs to be stopped. I'll immediately join the fight to repeal ObamaCare and push for market-driven reforms rather than more big government solutions.
Source: 2014 Georgia House campaign website, RickWAllen.com Nov 4, 2014

Jason Carter: Claimed water kills Ebola; "I was misinformed"

The three candidates sparred over whether Georgia is properly prepared for a possible Ebola case, as Deal's rivals criticized him for telling a newspaper last week that "water kills the Ebola virus." Both were eager to remind a television audience of those remarks on Sunday.

Hunt said Deal lacks the firsthand knowledge to lead Georgia's response. And Carter said his experience working in the Peace Corps in South Africa during disease outbreaks would serve him well.

Deal, for his part, said he was "misinformed" by his public health commissioner. Minutes before the debate, he appointed a task force to formulate the state's response to the deadly virus.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Const. on 2014 Georgia Senate race Oct 19, 2014

Pat Roberts: Ebola: suspend air travel between the U.S. and West Africa

During the rest of the hour-long debate, the moderators quizzed the candidates about their positions on issues ranging from farm policy to the Ebola outbreak to immigration. In a rare moment of agreement, both candidates said they would suspend air travel between the U.S. and West Africa as a way to stop more Ebola cases from coming to the U.S. But Orman accused Roberts of "inappropriate" tough talk against Ebola because he skipped a hearing on the crisis when he was in Washington last month. "The hearing was held out session," Roberts said. "Nothing of substance came of it."
Source: CBS News on 2014 Georgia Senate debate Oct 15, 2014

Amanda Swafford: Dramatically strengthen Health Savings Accounts

We can also bring more individuals back into the healthcare industry by deregulating physician's assistants and nurses. Not every ailment requires a visit to the doctor when it can be easily diagnosed and treated by trained and qualified professionals. Alternative healthcare options, including medicinal marijuana, should also be allowed equal entry to the market. This gives the individual more power and responsibility for making healthcare decisions.

We should also dramatically strengthen Health Savings Accounts. Incentives for healthcare under the current tax code should not depend on meeting special gross income thresholds engineered by Congress. And the FDA should be audited and possibly replaced with voluntary, free market groups made up of both industry and consumer driven organizations to monitor, protect and research what is actually demanded by those utilizing the goods & services produced.

Source: 2014 Georgia Senate campaign website, AmandaSwafford.net Sep 30, 2014

Amanda Swafford: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility

Question topic: It is the government's responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Swafford: Strongly Disagree

Question topic: The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) should be repealed by Congress.

Swafford: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

David Perdue: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility

Question topic: It is the government's responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Perdue: Strongly Disagree

Question topic: The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) should be repealed by Congress.

Perdue: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Rick Allen: No government responsibility to ensure healthcare

Q: It is the government's responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income?

Allen: Strongly Disagree

Q: The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) should be repealed by Congress?

Allen: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Andrew Hunt: Georgia can do better than ObamaCare

The state of Georgia can do better than the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obama Care). The AHA is a special interest bill that helps insurance companies make more money by requiring people to get insurance plans from a select few companies. Instead, what the people need are options that support a free enterprise system.

In addition to insurance plans, we should have Co-op options like Colorado, or even Direct Health Care programs between patients and their doctors. I would also work to change rules and regulations to decrease insurance cost for providers so that that the total cost to provide health care can be reduced by 10-20% in many cases.

One of the main culprits of high healthcare costs is malpractice insurance. In Minnesota, malpractice insurance costs half of what doctors pay in Georgia. By providing more options than just insurance by large healthcare companies and reducing insurance costs for providers, the patient (customer) and doctor will both come out ahead.

Source: 2014 Georgia gubernatorial campaign website, AndrewHunt.us Aug 31, 2014

Paul Broun: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility

Question topic: It is the government's responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Broun: Strongly Disagree

Question topic: The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) should be repealed by Congress.

Broun: Strongly Agree

Question topic: Briefly list political or legislative issues of most concern to you.

Broun: As a family physician for four decades, I know firsthand that ObamaCare fundamentally changes the American healthcare system as we know it. As Georgia's next U.S. Senator, I will strongly advocate repealing ObamaCare in full and replacing it with patient-centered, market-based solutions, such as my Patient OPTION Act.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Michelle Nunn: ObamaCare would have been better if bipartisan

Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn refused to say how she would have voted on ObamaCare, dodging a major issue in her Senate campaign: "At the time the Affordable Health Care Act was passed, I was working for Points of Light. I wished that we had more people who had tried to architect a bipartisan legislation," she said when asked how she would have voted in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

After MSNBC followed up to ask if she would have voted yes or no, Nunn dodged again: "I think it's impossible to look back retrospectively and say what would you have done if you were there," she said.

Nunn has been running to the center in conservative-leaning Georgia. She's likely to be pressed on the issue going forward.

Source: The Hill e-zine on 2014 Georgia Senate race May 19, 2014

Nathan Deal: Prohibit healthcare plans from covering abortion

Legislative Summary: A BILL relating to insurance, to provide opt out of funding abortions through qualified health plans: No abortion coverage shall be provided by a qualified health plan offered within the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare], except in the case of medical emergency.

OnTheIssues Interpretation: ObamaCare requires that healthcare plans fund abortions; this state law would remove that stipulation from Georgia insurance plans offered under ObamaCare.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 37-18-1 on March 18, vote #676; passed House 105-64-7 on March 18, vote #795; signed by Gov. Deal April 21

Source: Georgia legislative voting records: SB 98 Apr 29, 2014

Jason Carter: Expanding Medicaid brings tax dollars back to Georgia

Q: What are your thoughts about House Bill 990, which would require legislative approval for any expansion of Medicaid in Georgia?

A: I think it's essentially a political bill.

Q: You're in favor of Medicaid expansion?

A: What I believe is that we have to look at this problem critically. I think expansion should be on the table, and make sure those folks (eligible for coverage) can get either private insurance on the exchanges or get a Medicaid-like expansion--it all has to be on the table. I think we will do one of those things if I'm elected governor.

Q: Are you going to make expansion and health reform issues in your campaign?

A: I think that it makes economic sense for our state to ensure that we draw down our tax dollars and bring them back to Georgia to improve the health options that our citizens have.

Source: Athens Banner-Herald on 2014 Georgia gubernatorial race Mar 22, 2014

Hunter Hill: Prohibit healthcare plans from covering abortion

Legislative Summary: A BILL relating to insurance, to provide opt out of funding abortions through qualified health plans: No abortion coverage shall be provided by a qualified health plan offered within the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare], except in the case of medical emergency.

OnTheIssues Interpretation: ObamaCare requires that healthcare plans fund abortions; this state law would remove that stipulation from Georgia insurance plans offered under ObamaCare.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 37-18-1 on March 18, vote #676, Sen. Hunter Hill voted YES; passed House 105-64-7 on March 18, vote #795; signed by Gov. Deal April 21

Source: Georgia legislative voting records: SB 98 Mar 18, 2014

Jason Carter: Let ObamaCare plans cover abortion

Legislative Summary: A BILL relating to insurance, to provide opt out of funding abortions through qualified health plans: No abortion coverage shall be provided by a qualified health plan offered within the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare], except in the case of medical emergency.

OnTheIssues Interpretation: ObamaCare requires that healthcare plans fund abortions; this state law would remove that stipulation from Georgia insurance plans offered under ObamaCare. Voting NO means abortion coverage would be required in healthcare plans.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 37-18-1 on March 18, vote #676; passed House 105-64-7 on March 18, vote #795; Sen. Jason Carter voted NO; signed by Gov. Deal April 21

Source: Georgia legislative voting records: SB 98 Mar 18, 2014

Stacey Abrams: Let ObamaCare plans cover abortion

Legislative Summary: A BILL relating to insurance, to provide opt out of funding abortions through qualified health plans: No abortion coverage shall be provided by a qualified health plan offered within the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare], except in the case of medical emergency.

OnTheIssues Interpretation: ObamaCare requires that healthcare plans fund abortions; this state law would remove that stipulation from Georgia insurance plans offered under ObamaCare. Voting NO means abortion coverage would be required in healthcare plans.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 37-18-1 on March 18, vote #676; passed House 105-64-7 on March 18, vote #795; Rep. Stacey Abrams voted NO; signed by Gov. Deal April 21

Source: Georgia legislative voting records: SB 98 Mar 18, 2014

Valencia Stovall: Let ObamaCare plans cover abortion

Legislative Summary: A BILL relating to insurance, to provide opt out of funding abortions through qualified health plans: No abortion coverage shall be provided by a qualified health plan offered within the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare], except in the case of medical emergency.

OnTheIssues Interpretation: ObamaCare requires that healthcare plans fund abortions; this state law would remove that stipulation from Georgia insurance plans offered under ObamaCare. Voting NO means abortion coverage would be required in healthcare plans.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 37-18-1 on March 18, vote #676; passed House 105-64-7 on March 18, vote #795; Rep. Stovall voted NO; signed by Gov. Deal April 21

Source: Georgia legislative voting records: SB 98 Mar 18, 2014

David Perdue: Responsible thing to do: fix ObamaCare; don't repeal it

A spokesman for Perdue's campaign said that there was no conflict in Perdue's previous support for the idea of a federal health care law and his current opposition to ObamaCare. "David supports the full repeal of ObamaCare," the spokesman said. "However, he along with many other Republicans recognize that there are issues that must be addressed at the federal level. For example, Georgia Congressman Dr. Tom Price has a great patient-centered alternative to replace ObamaCare."

Rep. Jack Kingston drew criticism from conservatives after he said Republicans should improve, rather than repeal, the Affordable Care Act: "A lot of conservatives say, 'Nah, let's just step back and let this thing fall to pieces on its own.' But I don't think that's always the responsible thing to do," Kingston said. "I think we need to be looking for things that improve health care overall for all of us. And if there is something in ObamaCare, we need to know about it." Kingston later said his comments had been misinterpreted

Source: Huffington Post on 2014 Georgia Senate race Mar 10, 2014

Karen Handel: ObamaCare overreaches, but feds should address healthcare

A candidate who has called for a "full repeal" of the Affordable Care Act--characterizing it as an "overreaching federal program"--once argued in favor of a federal health care solution. David Perdue spoke of the need for a federal solution to the nation's high uninsured rate in 2006 at a meeting of the Retail Industry Leaders Association: "It's a tragedy that so many people are uninsured," Perdue said, adding that he did not want the issue left to the states: "It needs to be addressed at the federal level."

A spokesman for Perdue's campaign said that there was no conflict in Perdue's previous support for the idea of a federal health care law and his current opposition to ObamaCare. "David supports the full repeal of ObamaCare," the spokesman said. "However, he along with many other Republicans recognize that there are issues that must be addressed at the federal level. For example, Georgia Congressman Dr. Tom Price has a great patient-centered alternative to replace ObamaCare."

Source: Huffington Post on 2014 Georgia Senate race Mar 10, 2014

Karen Handel: ObamaCare canceled my wife's policy & doubled premiums

Perdue has been critical of the health care law throughout his Senate bid. The candidate's website calls it "an overreaching federal program that will actually reduce the quality of health care and increase costs."

In January, Perdue wrote in a blog post that he and his wife's health insurance was canceled and their insurance premium doubled because of the Affordable Care Act.

"We did not have a 'substandard' plan with a second rate company," Perdue wrote. "We had done our research and picked a plan that met our needs. However, our federal government, in its infinite wisdom, decided that we grandparents needed maternity coverage among other things."

Source: Huffington Post on 2014 Georgia Senate race Mar 10, 2014

Michelle Nunn: Add a tier of affordable coverage to ObamaCare

Q. How hard is it to run on ObamaCare?

A: I am running as someone who ran an organization and understands the responsibilities and the difficulties of providing health care for employees. I also believe that we need to fix what's broken and there are clearly some things that have not worked well in the Affordable Care Act rollout. Some ideas include adding a tier of coverage for more affordability for families, ensuring that we extend the tax credit for small businesses. Here in Georgia--because we did not accept Medicaid expansion--a number of our rural hospitals are now having cuts that are really problematic. So I am running as someone who wants to fix the things that are broken in the health care system and build upon the things that are good, including ensuring that people who have preexisting conditions have access to health care, that kids up to age 26 have the opportunity to be covered by their parents.

Source: Time Magazine interview on 2014 Georgia Senate race Mar 6, 2014

Nathan Deal: Guaranteed ER room treatment means excessive ER visits

Gov. Nathan Deal has often called on Congress to reconsider the Affordable Care Act. But on Monday evening, he pushed his former Washington colleagues to revisit a separate health care law that fewer politicians openly critique. The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act is a 1986 law that requires hospitals to provide emergency health care treatment to anyone who needs it, regardless of citizenship or their ability to pay. It's provided life-saving care to countless people, but it's also strained hospital resources and turned emergency rooms into the first stop, instead of a last resort, for some.

"If they really want to get serious about lowering the cost of health care in this country, they would revisit another federal statute," Deal told the crowd. "It came as a result of bad facts, and bad facts make bad law. I think we should be able to figure out ways to deal with those situations but not have the excessive costs associated with unnecessary visits to the emergency room."

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution: 2014 Georgia governor's race Feb 25, 2014

Nathan Deal: Refuses to expand Medicaid rolls under ObamaCare

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act of 1986, which requires hospitals to provide emergency health care treatment to anyone who needs it, regardless of citizenship or their ability to pay, is an important topic for Deal, given that many hospitals in rural Georgia are caught in the financial pinch caused by the governor's refusal to expand Medicaid rolls, and the Affordable Care Act's reduction of federal cash for indigent care.
Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution: 2014 Georgia governor's race Feb 25, 2014

Jason Carter: ObamaCare a "mess" that needs fixing

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Jason Carter said he shared in voters' frustration with ObamaCare and is hoping to see a "fix" from President Barack Obama. "I think folks are feeling like [ObamaCare] is a mess and so what I'm hoping to see from the president is some kind of fix, but right now, I think folks are really frustrated, including me," Carter said on MSNBC's "Thomas Roberts."
Source: Politico.com on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 14, 2013

Karen Handel: Embrace threat of federal shutdown to defund ObamaCare

Nearly every Republican candidate running for Senate in 2014 backs the GOP's push to use the threat of a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare--a sign of how popular they believe the plan is with conservative primary voters. Those supporting the GOP strategy include North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), the GOP frontrunner to face Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), who said he supported the GOP's brinkmanship because ObamaCare is a "mortal threat to our economy."

Others to embrace the plan include former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R), former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R), who is the likely Republican nominee to run for retiring Sen. Carl Levin's (R-Mich.) seat, and Alaska Tea Party candidate Joe Miller (R).

GOP operatives say there's little downside for candidates to embrace the "defund" movement--especially those who are facing primary opponents. For Senate candidates who aren't already in Congress, especially, there's little political danger.

Source: The Hill on 2014 Georgia Senate debate Sep 22, 2013

Nathan Deal: ObamaCare will cost Georgia $2.5B over next ten years

The overreaching federal health care legislation will greatly add to the burden that we face. In fact, it will add approximately 650,000 Georgians to the Medicaid rolls. This mandated expansion of service will cost Georgia Medicaid an additional $2.5 billion in State funds alone over the next ten years. The Obama Administration has placed onerous Maintenance of Effort requirements as well, which have severely tied our hands with respect to managing our state Medicaid program.
Source: 2011 Georgia State of the State Address Jan 12, 2011

Sonny Perdue: Question the constitutionality of this travesty of ObamaCare

The US House of Representatives last night chose politics over the will of the American people. The enormous upheaval of our healthcare system was pushed through the House against the wishes of the majority of American families and businesses.

Here in Georgia, this vote will force an additional billion dollars or more of Medicaid spending per year, requiring either a tax hike or offsetting cuts to public safety, education and other core services of state government. While this colossal unfunded mandate cripples our budget, I am even more concerned about the debilitating impact it will have on Georgia's small businesses.

What is most unfortunate is that the American people had no voice at the table in Washington during the course of this debate. The only glimpse citizens saw of the process were closed-door meetings that resulted in backroom deals and the buying of votes to ensure passage. I am requesting that Georgia join other states in reviewing the constitutionality of this travesty.

Source: Governor of Georgia press release on Healthcare Legislation Mar 22, 2010

Sonny Perdue: $70M for moral obligation to serve those with disabilities

We have developed a plan that will stabilize hospital staffing and improve care in our institutions. Yes, it will cost more money, but I am confident the additional investment will result in better outcomes for patients.

I want to be clear, my interes is not driven purely by legal mandates, but from my own personal belief that we have a moral obligation to serve those with disabilities. We are our brothers' keepers.

That obligation should carry a tangible effort. It's a hard thing to do in these budget times... the budgets that I will release on Friday will include additional investment--$20 million in 2010 and over $50 million in 2011.

Together, we are making concerted efforts to do the right thing for this vulnerable population. I ask for your continued support as well as that of our consumers, providers, advocates, families and communities to help us develop a system of care of which we can be proud.

Source: Georgia 2010 State of the State Address Jan 13, 2010

Jim Martin: All children must have access to health care

There are lots of different approaches to universal health care in this country and the next Congress is going to have to deal with that problem. I believe that all children must have access to health care. At the federal level, we need to negotiate with drug companies about the price of drugs we provide to senior citizens under Medicare. That has been specifically prohibited by the United States Congress and itís cost taxpayers over 10 billion dollars every year.
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Jim Martin: Part of team that created the PeachCare Act

VERNON JONES: Jim Martin and I were part of the team that created the PeachCare Act. We provided children with health insurance. We provided pre-dental care to children who were afraid to smile because their teeth were in disarray. I have a record of helping young children getting health care.
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Vernon Jones: Part of team that created the PeachCare Act

Jim Martin and I were part of the team that created the PeachCare Act. We provided children with health insurance. We provided pre-dental care to children who were afraid to smile because their teeth were in disarray. I have a record of helping young children getting health care.
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Sonny Perdue: Tax breaks for high deductible insurance; no aid for insured

SB383: A BILL to provide for the Commissioner of Insurance to adopt policies to promote, approve, and encourage health savings account eligible high deductible plans in Georgia; to provide for exemptions from certain unfair trade practices for certain wellness and health promotion programs, condition or disease management programs, health risk appraisal programs, and similar provisions in such plans.

Summary by the CBPP:Georgia created new tax breaks for high-deductible health plans. Almost 1.7 million Georgians--20%t of all residents under age 65--are uninsured. Almost 2/3 of them have incomes below 200% of the poverty line. Georgia's plan does not attempt to help these low-income individuals obtain insurance. Instead the plan's main target is uninsured people with incomes over $50,000.

Legislative outcome:Passed Senate 36-12-8, Vote #623 on Feb/26/08; Passed House 148-2-30, Vote #1070 on Apr/04/08; Signed by Gov. Perdue, May/7/08.

Source: CBPP on Georgia legislative voting records: SB383 May 7, 2008

Vernon Jones: Put quality of life over profit margins

There are 1.7 million men, women and children in Georgia who are without healthcare. Affordable and accessible healthcare must be provided to all citizens. And, we need to hold accountable insurance companies who systematically deny coverage when it comes to certain medical procedures. Quality of life should be more important than their profit margins.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, vernonjonesforgeorgia.com May 2, 2008

Stacey Abrams: Tax breaks for high deductible insurance; no aid for insured

SB383: A BILL to provide for the Commissioner of Insurance to adopt policies to promote, approve, and encourage health savings account eligible high deductible plans in Georgia; to provide for exemptions from certain unfair trade practices for certain wellness and health promotion programs, condition or disease management programs, health risk appraisal programs, and similar provisions in such plans.

Summary by the CBPP:Georgia created new tax breaks for high-deductible health plans. Almost 1.7 million Georgians--20%t of all residents under age 65--are uninsured. Almost 2/3 of them have incomes below 200% of the poverty line. Georgia's plan does not attempt to help these low-income individuals obtain insurance. Instead the plan's main target is uninsured people with incomes over $50,000.

Legislative outcome:Passed Senate 36-12-8, Vote #623 on Feb/26/08; Passed House 148-2-30, Vote #1070 on Apr/04/08; Rep. Abrams voted YES; Signed by Gov. Perdue, May/7/08.

Source: CBPP on Georgia legislative voting records: SB383 Apr 4, 2008

Ed Tarver: Oppose tax breaks for high deductible insurance

SB383: A BILL to provide for the Commissioner of Insurance to adopt policies to promote, approve, and encourage health savings account eligible high deductible plans in Georgia; to provide for exemptions from certain unfair trade practices for certain wellness and health promotion programs, condition or disease management programs, health risk appraisal programs, and similar provisions in such plans.

Summary by the CBPP:Georgia created new tax breaks for high-deductible health plans. Almost 1.7 million Georgians--20%t of all residents under age 65--are uninsured. Almost 2/3 of them have incomes below 200% of the poverty line. Georgia's plan does not attempt to help these low-income individuals obtain insurance. Instead the plan's main target is uninsured people with incomes over $50,000.

Legislative outcome:Passed Senate 36-12-8, Vote #623 on Feb/26/08; Sen. Ed Tarver voted NO; Passed House 148-2-30, Vote #1070 on Apr/04/08; Signed by Gov. Perdue, May/7/08.

Source: CBPP on Georgia legislative voting records: SB383 Feb 26, 2008

Renee Unterman: Tax breaks for high deductible insurance; no aid for insured

SB383: A BILL to provide for the Commissioner of Insurance to adopt policies to promote, approve, and encourage health savings account eligible high deductible plans in Georgia; to provide for exemptions from certain unfair trade practices for certain wellness and health promotion programs, condition or disease management programs, health risk appraisal programs, and similar provisions in such plans.

Summary by the CBPP:Georgia created new tax breaks for high-deductible health plans. Almost 1.7 million Georgians--20%t of all residents under age 65--are uninsured. Almost 2/3 of them have incomes below 200% of the poverty line. Georgia's plan does not attempt to help these low-income individuals obtain insurance. Instead the plan's main target is uninsured people with incomes over $50,000.

Legislative outcome:Passed Senate 36-12-8, Sen. Unterman voted YES; Vote #623 on Feb/26/08; Passed House 148-2-30, Vote #1070 on Apr/04/08; Signed by Gov. Perdue, May/7/08.

Source: CBPP on Georgia legislative voting records: SB383 Feb 26, 2008

Kathleen Sebelius: Reauthorize SCHIP, State Children's Health Insurance Program

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, chair of the Democratic Governor's Association and Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, chair of the Republican Governor's Association, are urging congressional leaders to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). In a letter sent to congressional leadership, the governors urged Congress to reach a consensus before the deadline:

"There's been strong and steadfast support in both parties and in all regions of the country for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) ever since its creation in 1997. This program has enabled millions of children the opportunity to see a doctor, to receive preventative care and to live healthier lives. Yet the progress we have made is now threatened. For health and moral reasons, Congress must reauthorize SCHIP by September 30, 2007. Without timely reauthorization and funding, it will be virtually impossible for states to continue coverage for children already enrolled in SCHIP programs."

Source: Letter to Congress from governors of Georgia & Kansas Sep 12, 2007

Sonny Perdue: Reauthorize SCHIP, State Children's Health Insurance Program

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, chair of the Democratic Governor's Association and Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, chair of the Republican Governor's Association, are urging congressional leaders to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). In a letter sent to congressional leadership, the governors urged Congress to reach a consensus before the deadline:

"There's been strong and steadfast support in both parties and in all regions of the country for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) ever since its creation in 1997. This program has enabled millions of children the opportunity to see a doctor, to receive preventative care and to live healthier lives. Yet the progress we have made is now threatened. For health and moral reasons, Congress must reauthorize SCHIP by September 30, 2007. Without timely reauthorization and funding, it will be virtually impossible for states to continue coverage for children already enrolled in SCHIP programs."

Source: Letter to Congress from governors of Georgia & Kansas Sep 12, 2007

Sonny Perdue: Require proof of physical impairment in asbestos lawsuits

SB182: A BILL to change provisions relating to asbestos claims and silica claims; to provide that physical impairment shall be an essential element of an asbestos claim or a silica claim; to provide for a limitations period for filing a claim.

Summary by the Mesothelioma Center: Georgia enacted a revised version of the Asbestos and Silica Litigation Reform law on May 1, 2007. Plaintiffs with asbestos-related cancers must provide evidence of physical impairment. Georgia also attempts to limit the use of information obtained from mass asbestos screenings sponsored by personal injury lawyers to satisfy medical criteria.

Legislative outcome: [Voting YES establishes stricter rules to file lawsuit for asbestos damage. Voting NO would keep the existing rules, allowing suing for asbestos before physical impairment is proven]. Passed House 156-1-23, Vote #321 on Apr/17/07; passed Senate 36-3-17, Vote #444 on Apr/20/07; Signed by Governor Sonny Perdue, Apr/30/07.

Source: Asbestos.com on Georgia legislative voting records: SB182 Apr 30, 2007

Renee Unterman: Require proof of physical impairment in asbestos lawsuits

SB182: A BILL to change provisions relating to asbestos claims and silica claims; to provide that physical impairment shall be an essential element of an asbestos claim or a silica claim; to provide for a limitations period for filing a claim.

Summary by the Mesothelioma Center: Georgia enacted a revised version of the Asbestos and Silica Litigation Reform law on May 1, 2007. Plaintiffs with asbestos-related cancers must provide evidence of physical impairment. Georgia also attempts to limit the use of information obtained from mass asbestos screenings sponsored by personal injury lawyers.

Legislative outcome: [Voting YES establishes stricter rules to file lawsuit for asbestos damage. Voting NO keeps the existing rules, allowing asbestos lawsuits before physical impairment is proven]. Passed House 156-1-23, Vote #321 on Apr/17/07; passed Senate 36-3-17, Vote #444 on Apr/20/07; Unterman co-sponsored bill and voted YES; Signed by Gov. Perdue, Apr/30/07.

Source: Asbestos.com on Georgia legislative voting records: SB182 Apr 20, 2007

Stacey Abrams: Allow asbestos lawsuits before physical impairment occurs

SB182: A BILL to change provisions relating to asbestos claims and silica claims; to provide that physical impairment shall be an essential element of an asbestos claim or a silica claim; to provide for a limitations period for filing a claim.

Summary by the Mesothelioma Center: Georgia enacted a revised version of the Asbestos and Silica Litigation Reform law on May 1, 2007. Plaintiffs with asbestos-related cancers must provide evidence of physical impairment. Georgia also attempts to limit the use of information obtained from mass asbestos screenings sponsored by personal injury lawyers.

Legislative outcome: [Voting YES establishes stricter rules to file lawsuit for asbestos damage. Voting NO keeps the existing rules, allowing asbestos lawsuits before physical impairment is proven]. Passed House 156-1-23, Vote #321 on Apr/17/07; Rep. Abrams voted NO; passed Senate 36-3-17, Vote #444 on Apr/20/07; Signed by Gov. Perdue, Apr/30/07.

Source: Asbestos.com on Georgia legislative voting records: SB182 Apr 17, 2007

Zell Miller: Providing insurance for children is a top priority

In the area of human resources, the most important program is the Childrenís Health Insurance Program. It will leverage federal matching funds, and could provide health coverage for as many as 228,000 Georgia children. CHIP will expand Medicaid coverage for pregnant women and children from birth to age five, up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $32,100 a year for a family of four.
Source: Budget Address, Georgia Jan 13, 1998

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V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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