Gov. Brian Kemp

Commenters question state Medicaid waiver plan for work requirements

BY: - December 13, 2019

About 1,000 written comments poured in during the first public airing of Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposals to slightly expand Medicaid under a now-delayed waiver application process. The governor announced the proposal – one of two federal waiver applications – at a press conference last month, kicking off a series of public meetings held around the […]

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Bookman: Georgia’s anti-abortion law might shift debate to political arena

BY: - December 12, 2019

For decades, conservative state legislatures have passed anti-abortion bills that they knew would never go into effect because under the Roe v. Wade ruling, such laws were considered a violation of a woman’s constitutional right to privacy. Legislators and governors paid no political price for such actions because it was, in effect, a consequence-free vote, […]

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves won’t run for re-election in 2020

BY: - December 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — Georgia Republican Tom Graves announced Thursday he won’t seek another term in the U.S. House.  “The time has come for me to pass the baton,” Graves said in a letter to his constituents on Thursday. He said he would join his family in their “new and unique journeys.”  His announcement comes the day […]

Financial exec Kelly Loeffler named to fill Isakson’s U.S. Senate seat

BY: - December 5, 2019

Gov. Brian Kemp Wednesday appointed financial executive Kelly Loeffler to become the second woman in Georgia history to join the U.S. Senate. Soon after the announcement at the state Capitol, Loeffler staked her positions as staunchly anti-abortion and a strong supporter of President Donald Trump as she prepares to replace U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson. Isakson […]

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Bookman: It took guts for Kemp to openly defy Donald Trump

BY: - December 5, 2019

It turns out that Gov. Brian Kemp is a bit of a gambler. To be honest, he might also be a little smarter and braver than I had credited him for being. After all, it takes guts for a Republican governor to openly defy Donald Trump these days, and that’s what Kemp has done. Trump […]

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Speak up to keep Georgia from getting short end of Medicaid stick

BY: - November 22, 2019

It’s time to tell state officials it’s not right to require poor people to punch a clock for their health care. Gov. Brian Kemp’s six-city road show to sell his skinny version of Medicaid expansion wraps up this week. Nearly 500,000 uninsured Georgians could get health coverage if the governor expanded Medicaid income eligibility. Just […]

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Bookman: Velocity of Georgia’s swing from red toward blue is stunning

BY: - November 21, 2019

In deep-red Louisiana, the Democratic incumbent just won re-election as governor despite an all-out effort by President Trump to defeat him. In deep-red Kentucky, a Democrat just beat the Republican incumbent for governor, again despite intervention by Trump. In 2016, a Democrat was elected governor of North Carolina. Last year, Alabama elected a Democrat as […]

Small audience pans governor’s health plan at Macon hearing

BY: - November 15, 2019

MACON — Trudy Posner told state officials at a public hearing this week her son’s serious heart condition could have worsened if he had not found a new job a month before he turned 26. That’s when he would’ve lost insurance through his parents’ coverage. The Posner’s spent $600 per month on their son’s health […]

Georgia’s census outreach team gets pep talk from governor in Athens

BY: - November 15, 2019

ATHENS — Gov. Brian Kemp challenged about 50 members of the state’s Complete Count Committee gathered at the Athens Technical Institute Thursday to give their all to ensure every eligible Georgian is in included in the 2020 Census. “It will literally shape the future of our state,” said Kemp, who reformed the committee in September […]

Trump brings economic pitch to black voter event in Atlanta

BY: - November 8, 2019

President Donald Trump kicked off a push to win over black voters in Atlanta Friday, building on a campaign appeal he first uttered three years ago: What do you have to lose? “You don’t have to choose to leave the Democratic Party, because the Democratic Party already left you a long time ago,” Trump said […]

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Bookman: Lifeline for struggling rural hospitals not in Kemp’s plans

BY: - November 7, 2019

The limited Medicaid waiver program proposed this week by Gov. Brian Kemp is a sorry excuse for doing almost nothing. At its best, it can extend health insurance to 50,000 Georgians while leaving 10 times that number eligible but uncovered. The problems with Kemp’s approach are no secret. Similar “work-based” programs in Indiana and Arizona […]

Kemp Medicaid plan omits hundreds of thousands of uninsured Georgians

BY: - November 5, 2019

Gov. Brian Kemp has unveiled a plan that aims to slightly expand access to Medicaid in Georgia, adding 50,000 people to the program’s rolls. The $120 million plan – $36 million of which is the state’s share – would allow adults earning up to $12,000 annually to sign up for health care coverage through a […]