Senator Raphael Warnock visits local children’s hospital

"What I saw in this building today is just inspiring," Warnock said after a tour of the children's hospital. "The amazing work being done by our healthcare professionals on the frontlines particularly in the middle of a pandemic."
Healthcare expansion presser
Senator Raphael Warnock gives a press conference to talk about expanding affordable healthcare coverage.

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — Senator Raphael Warnock spent time in Middle Georgia on Veterans Day.

He started the day at Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, holding a news conference after a touro f the hospital that included a listening session with patients and healthcare providers.

“What I saw in this building today is just inspiring,” Senator Warnock said. “The amazing work being done by our healthcare professionals on the front lines, particularly in the middle of a pandemic.”

He says the experience highlights the importance of closing the coverage gap on the Affordable Care Act.

“Children are well cared for here in our state,” Senator Warnock explained. “But they come from families, and a lot of those families do not have access to affordable, comprehensive healthcare.”

Senator Warnock believes healthcare is a human right. He says if the Build Back Better bill passes, and healthcare coverage expands in Georgia, more than 600,000 Georgians would get access to affordable healthcare.

He says it would also create 12,000 jobs and $1.3 billion in new economic activity in rural areas.

“Hospitals located in a community, access to comprehensive healthcare, first of all it keeps the workforce healthy, and it’s part of a whole ecosystem that creates a whole range of jobs,” he said.

Senator Warnock says he thinks the Build Back Better bill is close to passing.

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