Health care is the single biggest issue in the Congressional District 6 Special Election. According to the AJC’s recent Congressional District 6 Special Election survey, 81 percent of people polled said that health care was a very important issue and 94 percent of people polled said they are very or somewhat concerned about the cost of health care.
However, if elected, Handel would rubber stamp Trump’s disastrous and unpopular American Health Care Act. By supporting the AHCA, Karen Handel is supporting a plan that would make an $834 billion cut to Medicaid while taking away coverage from 14 millionAmericans by 2026.
Hospitals in rural areas depend on Medicaid revenue to stay open. This would have a huge effect in Georgia, where we are already trying (and failing) to deal with a rural hospital crisis. Hospital closures are a deadly problem that affect the access of everyone on the socioeconomic spectrum and Medicaid contributes a large amount to programs to fight opioid addiction and other public health risks.
The AHCA isn’t even good for wealthier Americans because there isn’t an affordability adjustment, so people living in more expensive areas with expensive health care get the same tax credit as people living in less expensive areas with more affordable health care. Deductibles would also rise under Trumpcare, even though Republicans promised to lower them. According to some estimates, older Americans would wind up paying five times more for health care.
A vote for Karen Handel is a vote for taking away health coverage from 14 million Americans and allowing more Georgia hospitals to close. It’s also a vote for higher deductibles, especially for the sick and old.
But if you live in CD6, you can do something about it right now. Vote for more affordable health care that covers more Americans.