Democrat Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said she is “sick and tired of hearing about the free market being the solution” on the issue of healthcare and claimed “there is no profit in doing the right thing.”
“We can educate bold and ambitious children, but our fundamental responsibility is to take care of the least of these, especially when the least of these are working families who only want a little bit to healthcare,” Abrams said on the weekend before a “Men’s Townhall” in Atlanta. “I am sick and tired of hearing about the free market being the solution to this problem. I’ve never seen the free market write a prescription in rural Georgia.”
Abrams, who holds a slim lead of just two points over her Republican rival Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, then lamented how the “free market” fails to adequately address everyday healthcare issues facing Peach State residents.
“I’ve never seen the free market show up to give someone Metformin, so they can have a little control over their diabetes before it turns into an amputation of there foot,” she said. “I’ve never seen the free market say ‘I’m going to replace that stent in your heart next door and not make you go 200 miles to get it done. The problem with the free market is the free market needs to make a profit and there is no profit in doing the right thing. ”
This isn’t the first instance in which Abrams’ comments have raised eyebrows. Last week, the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives told supporters at a campaign event with progressive 2020 hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) that “undocumented” immigrants are part of the Democrats’ effort to retake Congress in the midterm elections.
“The thing of it is, the blue wave is African American. It’s white, it’s Latino, it’s Asian-Pacific Islander. It is disabled, it is differently-abled, it is LGBTQ, it is law enforcement, it is veterans,” said Abrams. “It is made up of those who’ve been told that they are not worthy of being here. It is comprised of those who are documented and undocumented.”