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Ga. House Democratic Leader: We’ll Keep Pushing On Medicaid

Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams talked Medicaid expansion and more on "Morning Edition."
Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams talked Medicaid expansion and more on "Morning Edition."
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Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, speaking with Denis O'Hayer on “Morning Edition” (Broadcast Version)Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, speaking with Denis O'Hayer on “Morning Edition” (Expanded Version)

They are outnumbered in the Georgia House of Representatives by almost two-to-one, but Democrats plan to dig in on several issues when the Legislature returns next month.  

That’s the message from House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta.  Although Republicans in Washington have promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (also called Obamacare), Abrams promises Democrats will continue to push Georgia officials to expand the state’s Medicaid rolls, to cover more uninsured people.  

On “Morning Edition,” Abrams told Denis O’Hayer Democrats also plan to use possible casino gambling bills as leverage to gain funding for HOPE scholarships for low-income students.

(The expanded version also includes a conversation about the future of MARTA in a possible regional transit authority; measures to ban discrimination based on gender identity; and the recent internal challenge to Abrams for the top Democratic post in the House.)

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