Jason Carter on Health Care
Claimed water kills Ebola; "I was misinformed"
The three candidates sparred over whether Georgia is properly prepared for a possible Ebola case, as Deal's rivals criticized him for telling a newspaper last week that "water kills the Ebola virus."
Both were eager to remind a television audience of those remarks on Sunday.
Hunt said Deal lacks the firsthand knowledge to lead Georgia's response. And Carter said his experience working in the Peace Corps in
South Africa during disease outbreaks would serve him well.
Deal, for his part, said he was "misinformed" by his public health commissioner.
Minutes before the debate, he appointed a task force to formulate the state's response to the deadly virus.
Source: Journal-Constitution on 2014 Georgia Gubernatorial debate
, Oct 19, 2014
Expanding Medicaid brings tax dollars back to Georgia
Q: What are your thoughts about House Bill 990, which would require legislative approval for any expansion of Medicaid in Georgia?
A: I think it's essentially a political bill.
Q: You're in favor of Medicaid expansion?
A: What I believe is that we
have to look at this problem critically. I think expansion should be on the table, and make sure those folks (eligible for coverage) can get either private insurance on the exchanges or get a Medicaid-like expansion--it all has to be on the table.
I think we will do one of those things if I'm elected governor.
Q: Are you going to make expansion and health reform issues in your campaign?
A: I think that it makes economic sense for our state to ensure that we draw down our tax dollars and bring them back to Georgia to improve the health options that our citizens have.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald on 2014 Georgia gubernatorial race
, Mar 22, 2014
Many Africans die of AIDS, but none talk about it
A few weeks later, one of the border guards I had known from the square at Lochiel died in a car accident. The community conducted the funeral. All men lined up, shoveled dirt onto our friend's coffin, and passed the shovel to the next man.
The women sang. The men lined up and passed rocks to cover the grave. We went back to the family's house, washed the dirt from our hands in a small bucket, and ate.
From then on, I attended funerals about once a month, and learned more about the rituals each time. Many died of sickness and a lack of health care, in addition to car accidents.
And many died of AIDS-related illnesses--South Africa has one of the highest rates in the world--but no one in the community talked about the disease.
Source: Power Lines, by Jason Carter, p.155-6
, Jun 1, 2003
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