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Democrats Criticize Kemp in New Ad Over Health Care, Chastise His ‘7 Words’ on the Issue

This is the fourth ad released by the DPG since Kemp won the nomination on July 24th. 

The Democratic Party of Georgia has unveiled yet another television ad targeting Republican candidate for Governor Brian Kemp

The latest ad, released Tuesday, criticizes Kemp’s campaign website for the lack of expansive policy on healthcare issues. This is the fourth ad released by the DPG since Kemp won the nomination on July 24th.

The Democratic Party said in a press release that Kemp opposes expanding Medicaid and voted to end guaranteed coverage for women’s health, asthma, and autism.

Today, the Democratic Party of Georgia released a new television ad calling out Brian Kemp for his lack of detail on health care, a central issue for Georgians. While Stacey Abrams and Democrats released a detailed plan to improve health care for all Georgians, Brian Kemp has only seven words about health care on his website. The ad cites a report by 11Alive’s Doug Richards as well as Kemp’s own website. In addition to his lack of a detailed health care plan, Brian Kemp opposes expanding Medicaid, which would insure nearly 500,000 more Georgians, create 50,000 Georgia jobs, and save rural hospitals. He also voted to end guaranteed coverage for women’s health care and for pre-existing conditions like asthma and autism.

Watch the ad here. Script below.

SCRIPT:

VOICEOVER: Seven. That’s how many words are devoted to healthcare on Millionaire Brian Kemp’s website.

11Alive’s Doug Richards: The Issues page of Kemp’s website has seven words about healthcare…without much more detail.

VOICEOVER: Seven words. So what does Brian Kemp’s website not say? He opposes expanding Medicaid. And he’d allow insurance companies to deny care for pre-existing conditions. Rural hospitals closing. Children uninsured. Veterans can’t afford medical care. And we get seven words. Good for insurance companies and politicians like Brian Kemp. Bad for Georgia.

The Democratic Party of Georgia also issued a ‘background’ on the ad. It is below.

BACKUP:

Script Backup
VOICEOVER: 
Seven. That’s how many words are devoted to healthcare on Millionaire Brian Kemp’s website.
GFX: 7 Words
Brian Kemp 2017 Amended Candidate for Public Office Financial Disclosure Form,” Secretary of State’s office filed 8/10/2018Total Net Worth: $5,234,101.14“4 Point Plan to Put Georgians First,” Kemp for Governor, accessed 9/14/2018Improve Access to Healthcare; lower healthcare costs
11 Alive Doug Richards: The Issues page of Kemp’s website has seven words about healthcare…without much more detail.
GFX:“The Issues page of Kemp’s website has seven words about healthcare.”KempforGovernor.com 9.14.1811Alive News
“4 Point Plan to Put Georgians First,” Kemp for Governor, accessed 9/14/2018Improve Access to Healthcare; lower healthcare costs“Abrams on health care: expand Medicaid,” Doug Richards, 11 Alive, 9/10/2018The “issues” page of Kemp’s website has seven words about health care – “improve access to healthcare” and “lower healthcare costs” without any more detail.Doug Richards Audio: “The issues page of Kemp’s website has seven words about healthcare, ‘improve access to healthcare’ and ‘lower healthcare costs’ without much more detail.”
VO: Seven words.
GFX: 7 WORDSKempforGovernor.com 9.14.1811Alive News
“4 Point Plan to Put Georgians First,” Kemp for Governor, accessed 9/14/2018Improve Access to Healthcare; lower healthcare costs“Abrams on health care: expand Medicaid,” Doug Richards, 11 Alive, 9/10/2018The “issues” page of Kemp’s website has seven words about health care – “improve access to healthcare” and “lower healthcare costs” without any more detail.Doug Richards Audio: “The issues page of Kemp’s website has seven words about healthcare, ‘improve access to healthcare’ and ‘lower healthcare costs’ without much more detail.”
VO: So what does Brian Kemp’s website not say? He opposes expanding Medicaid.
GFX: Kemp Opposes Expanding MedicaidAJC 9.5.18
“Medicaid expansion question fuels Georgia governor’s race,” Ariel Hart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 9/5/2018“Medicaid costs too much and fails to deliver for hardworking Georgians,” Kemp spokesman Ryan Mahoney said in a statement to the AJC. “Taking money away from public safety and education to expand a failed government program will only make things worse.
VO:  And he’d allow insurance companies to deny care for pre-existing conditions.
GFX: Pre-Existing Conditions DeniedAJC 9.10.18
“The Jolt: going to the mattresses over health care,” Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein, and Tamar Hallerman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 9/10/2018The Democratic Party of Georgia is targeting Kemp’s 2005 support for Senate Bill 174, a measure that would have eliminated some of the conditions that insurance companies are required to cover in Georgia.….It passed the chamber despite objections from bipartisan critics who said it would make optional some coverage, such as mastectomy treatment and women’s contraceptives.
VO:  Rural hospitals closing.
GFX: Rural Hospitals ClosingGeorgia Health News, 9.22.17
“A hospital crisis is killing rural communities. This state is ‘Ground Zero,’” Lauren Weber and Andy Miller, Georgia Health News, 9/22/2017Six rural hospitals in the state have closed their doors since the beginning of 2013
VO: Children uninsured.
GFX: Children UninsuredGeorgia Health News, 6.18.18
“Number of uninsured kids in Georgia down sharply under ACA,” Andy Miller, Georgia Health News, 6/18/2018Polly McKinney of the advocacy group Voices for Georgia’s Children said Monday that the data show a promising trend.But she noted that currently, more than 162,000 children in Georgia still lack health insurance.
VO: Veterans can’t afford medical care.
GFX: Veterans Can’t Afford Medical CareGeorgia Budget & Policy Institute, 1.23.18
“Fast facts on Georgia’s coverage gap,” Laura Harker, GBPI, 1/23/2018Closing the coverage gap could extend health insurance to nearly half of Georgia’s uninsured veterans, expanding coverage to 32,000 uninsured veterans and military spouses in our state.
VO: And we get seven words.
GFX: 7 words
“4 Point Plan to Put Georgians First,” Kemp for Governor, accessed 9/14/2018Improve Access to Healthcare; lower healthcare costs
VO: Good for insurance companies and politicians like Brian Kemp. Bad for Georgia.
GFX: Brian Kemp Dangerous for Georgia

Jessica Szilagyi is a former Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com.

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