Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight forgives $123 million in medical debt for Georgia families’, prompting an economic boom even greater than MLB tourism
Instead of politicizing MLB’s decision to move All-Star Game from Georgia, Stacey Abrams’ leads Fair Fight to take action to relieve medical debt and create room for economic growth for families across Georgia and the South.
The Atlanta Braves clinched the National League pennant and are now in the World Series. Atlanta is hosting the World Series in Truist Park, home of the Braves for Games 3 and 4, boosting economic activity in the region over the weekend for hardworking Georgians.
This is the first national Major League Baseball event held in Atlanta since the league decided to move the MLB All-Star Game from the city in protest of Governor Brian Kemp and other Republicans’ voter suppression laws. The move cost Atlanta and Georgia $100 million.
Despite Stacey Abrams’ encouragement to keep the game in Georgia, MLB leadership refused, citing that doing so would support the GOP’s voter suppression laws which are against their values.
“Like many Georgians, I am disappointed that the MLB is relocating the All-Star Game; however, I commend the players, owners, and League commissioner for speaking out,” Abrams commented. “I urge others in positions of leadership to do so as well. As I have stated I respect boycotts, although I don’t want to see Georgia families hurt by lost events and jobs.”
While Governor Kemp has taken the World Series as a new opportunity for cheap political finger-pointing, Stacey Abrams continues proving how much she cares about Georgia’s families by creatively looking for new ways for sustainable economic growth that far outlasts one weekend of baseball.
Under her leadership, her organization, Fair Fight, bought $212 million in medical debt in Georgia, Arizona, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana —$123 million of that in the state of Georgia. By forgiving the debt of 68,685 Georgia families, Fair Fight has just given Georgia its single biggest economic boost in years.
Debt cancellation has been proven to spur economic growth through increased consumer spending, creation of small businesses, and local investments. In the future, we can expect this act of debt forgiveness to go a long way in creating economic growth opportunities for those who need it most.
Chop on, Atlanta!