Phyllis believes that access to quality affordable healthcare is the right of every Georgian. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a step in the right direction, though improvements are needed. However, the proposed replacement of the ACA by the GOP in Washington is poorly thought out and generally unpopular for many reasons.

It is uncertain what the full impact of these policies out of Washington will have on residents of Georgia. We need more strong leadership in the State Senate to deal effectively with this uncertainty. Phyllis Hatcher will be that leader for District 17.

Another health care issue is medical marijuana. While the state has recently made some progress on this issue, it is still not possible to legally obtain medical marijuana (cannabis oil) in Georgia. Patients must travel outside the state to buy their medication. Adding such a burden to people struggling against diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, autism, epidermolysis bullosa, peripheral neuropathy and Tourette’s syndrome is not right. Phyllis Hatcher will also work to correct this.

When it comes to health factors and outcomes, the counties in Georgia Senate District 17 fare better than many of the other 156 counties in our state, but there is room for improvement. According to recent county health rankings for health outcomes (length and quality of life), Henry County is ranked 14th, Rockdale is ranked 45th, and Newton is ranked 52nd. Our counties’ rankings for health factors (clinical care, environment, behaviors, etc.), Henry is 23rd, Rockdale 31st, and Newton 54th. Together, we can send Phyllis Hatcher to the state capitol to advocate sensible healthcare policies that will help our district continue to improve.