Democrats Criticize Kemp for Too Few Words About Healthcare on Website in Newest Ad

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

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armanidog
armanidog

This is what I could find on Kemp’s campaign website about healthcare. All the words are included: “Improve access to healthcare” “Lower healthcare costs” “Healthcare: As governor, Kemp will craft a Georgia-focused healthcare solution that lowers costs on premiums and prescription drugs while increasing access for Georgia families. He will fund mental health services, protect rural hospitals, and tackle the doctor shortage with more residency slots and better incentivizes for rural physicians.” Not a whole lot of details. The state government is already doing all those things. And they misspelled “incentives”. I have to ask- since Jszilagyi5 is a Kemp… Read more »

Caroline
Caroline

You’re right. GA is already doing all this and it is not working. What Kemp should be proposing for rural areas is allowing nurse practitioners to cover a lot of the ground that has been covered by family physicians. Of course, if he did that the doctors would revolt. Kemp nor his campaign fundamentally understands the problem and that’s why you basically get an outline on healthcare.

armanidog
armanidog

“Of course, if he did that the doctors would revolt. ”
Since the hospitals and insurers own all or part of so many medical practices these days, the MD response might be weaker.
The big corporations would love the cheaper salaries nurse practitioners receive.

Caroline
Caroline

They would but the problem is that doctors don’t want to practice in rural georgia because there’s not enough money to be made there but they also don’t want nurse practitioners to hone in on their business. So there it is in a nutshell why rural georgia has poor healthcare and so few people even have insurance.

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

I don’t really think it’s the doctors themselves revolting but physician organizations/lobbyists like the AMA (which I admit is comprised of physicians) who get state regulations passed in the first place. Off the cuff, I’d say plenty of physicians out west and in the north would have little issues with NP’s given more autonomy. Large areas of the south still have this physician/God complex problem. Another issue with the rural physician population are similar to rural problems in general. People (the young) are moving away and not returning. How may people in sparsely populated areas go to medical school in… Read more »

Caroline
Caroline

To be honest I wouldn’t want to live in a lot of those places so I understand why doctors wouldn’t want to either. Perhaps if those communities changed and started making themselves attractive to people so they will move there then doctors would follow. I read an article in the Wa Po after the election and they interviewed people in a small town in NC. The majority of the people there just wanted things “the way they used to be”. They said they didn’t want young people coming back from college because they came back with these progressive ideas. The… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

I wonder which gets more traction- massage parlors or the entirety of healthcare?

Caroline
Caroline

Judging by the idiocracy we’re living in currently I would say massage parlors.

Will Durant
Will Durant

The Democrats called that one right. During Kemp’s tenure other boards have had issues with the nursing ones being prominent in my family. Featuring massage parlors even plays in Hahira.

Ah yes, Idiocracy… “I’m Secretary of State, brought to you by Carl’s Jr.”

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Wasn’t the Clinton Library also a message parlor?

armanidog
armanidog

Yes it is, a place where you sit and get messages of wisdom from Uncle Bill.

Caroline
Caroline

Thank you for backing up my idiocracy comment.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

You’re confusing it with her Washington pizza parlor.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I think they’ve moved the child sex ring to the library now. And the pizza parlor for that matter. So now they have a pizza parlor and a message parlor. You can get a message there spelled out in pepperonis.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

‘improve access to healthcare’ and ‘lower healthcare costs’. We all know what that means: low premium, sham insurance that takes your money, but has no real coverage and denies any claims if you are careless enough to get sick or injured.

Caroline
Caroline

If he’s talking about junk insurance then he’s lying about “access”. You don’t have access with junk insurance.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

NoParty, it sounds like you are describing Obamacare to a T!

bethebalance
bethebalance

You may be joking, but it’s hard to tell when you’re joking or just being an uninformed jerk.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“improve access to healthcare’ and ‘lower healthcare costs”?
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I thought that meant socialism.