CHAMBLEE, GA – Joined by former CDC director Dr. Jeffrey Koplan at a press conference this morning, Congressional candidate Jon Ossoff called on the other 17 candidates in the Sixth District race to unify in opposition to a provision of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that would gut the health security infrastructure necessary to detect and fight infectious disease outbreaks like Ebola and Zika.
The provision would slash funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), devastating efforts to protect Georgians and the nation from deadly pandemics. The massive cuts would eliminate the Prevention and Public Health fund, which is critical to preventing outbreaks of dangerous diseases like Ebola and Zika.
“This is a national security issue,” said Ossoff. “No matter where candidates stand on the overall bill, we should unite to protect Georgia families from the deadly outbreak of diseases like Ebola and Zika,” said Ossoff.
Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, who led the CDC during 9/11 and the 2001 anthrax attacks, said the provision will bring “increasing risk of disease and death” to Georgia and the country. Dr. Koplan current serves as Vice President for Global Health at Emory University.
Georgia’s Sixth District encompasses parts of Fulton, Cobb and DeKalb counties.