Raphael Warnock on Health Care



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Source: 2020 GA Senate campaign website WarnockForGeorgia.com , May 17, 2020

Pro-ObamaCare, according to PVS survey.

Warnock opposes the PVS survey question on ObamaCare

Project Vote Smart inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCare")?' PVS self-description: "The Political Courage Test provides voters with positions on key issues. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: PVS Survey 20PVS-5 on Sep 9, 2020

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