On Wednesday, members of Heritage’s health care team traveled to Atlanta, Ga., to meet with Gov. Brian P. Kemp, the governor’s health policy specialist Ryan Loke, and Regina Quick, special counsel to Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan.
These meetings were coordinated with the help of Heritage ally and president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Kyle Wingfield.
Gov. Kemp presented our team with his overall vision for health care reform in Georgia, and learned about Heritage’s involvement in the formulation and promotion of the Health Care Choices Proposal. His goal is to make Georgia “the gold standard” when it comes to real health care reform that works.
Heritage health care experts Marie Fishpaw and Nina Schaefer offered innovative ideas that could be included in the broad reforms that Gov. Kemp is exploring. The Health Care Choices Proposal would give governors like Kemp the flexibility to create their own state-level health care systems, which would offer greater choices, higher quality of goods and services, and all at lower costs to consumers.
Fishpaw and Schaefer also met with Andre Jackson, editorial page editor for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, to promote the Health Care Choices Proposal, which is one of Heritage’s primary strategic issues this year.
“I am encouraged that Gov. Kemp is thinking big and pursuing reforms to increase choice and lower the cost of health care for Georgians. His approach is the kind of innovation we would like to see sweep the country,” said Fishpaw. “The Health Care Choices Proposal would better encourage this type of innovation.”
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