A liberal Democrat takes aim at Hice’s deep-red Georgia district

U.S. Rep. Jody Hice. AJC/Jonathan Phillips

U.S. Rep. Jody Hice represents one of the redder districts in the nation, a northeast Georgia stretch splattered around the deep-blue island of Athens. He’s drawn a 2018 challenger who aims to energize those core Democrats in next year’s midterms.

Chalis Montgomery, a 39-year-old educator and youth ministry leader, is backing an ardently progressive platform. She lists an immigration overhaul, criminal justice reform and access to college and vocational training for all among her policy platforms.

Democrat Chalis Montgomery.

But she’s centering her campaign on a call for universal healthcare. Her announcement tells of her 9-year-old daughter Gwen, who suffers from the pre-existing condition of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and thus is covered by the Affordable Care Act.

She said Hice, who voted to repeal and replace the measure this year after initial concerns that it didn’t shave costs too deeply, took a stance that is “devastating to children like her.”

She faces a tougher battle than candidates eyeing nearby suburban Atlanta districts, like the newly-competitive Sixth and Seventh Districts, where changing demographics and skepticism to Trump have buoyed Democratic hopes.

Trump easily carried the 10th District and Hice, who captured two-thirds of the vote when first elected in 2014, didn’t even face an opponent in November. (Though a super PAC tried to recruit a local candidate: And what a disaster that would have been.)

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Marc Wilks
Marc Wilks

Dont let ANYONE convince you that a progressive democrat can do better. I lived in GA for 30 years before I moved up here to the People's Republic of NJ. One thing that did not change was this: dems here just like dems in GA are government loving, tax raising, freedom hating, thought controlling politically correct charlatans.

PatrickThompson
PatrickThompson

Corporations and industries are taking the profit that should be used on healthcare outcomes. Why we let the insurance companies get between us and some of the best healthcare professionals in the world? They will continue to dominate markets and raise costs. There's nothing incentivizing them to become competitive or responsive to the public. Time to get with the rest of the world and stop paying "exceptional" costs with poor results. 

Prince Phillips
Prince Phillips

Now we'll see up close how that Bernie Sanders BS will work. Since some are convinced that had he run against Trump he would have won.

Stephen Weeks
Stephen Weeks

Yep all those European countries that have universal healthcare! Taxes, taxes, taxes All these programs are another entitlement. Obooboo care is a failure. All it's done is double my care cost and provide less coverage. But it sure does sound good when politicians use healthcare to get votes. She loses in the election!

Andrew Murphy
Andrew Murphy

Get the government out of medicine completely and let the competitive markets decide. Let doctors undercut each other for our benefit.

Eileen Lichtenfeld
Eileen Lichtenfeld

And the markets decided to let lots of people go bankrupt trying to pay their healthcare bills, or just let people die cause they couldn't afford treatment. Why the hell do you think every president since FDR has been trying to get a health care law passed. The market doesn't work. Every other western country has universal healthcare but us!

Ben L Rainey
Ben L Rainey

No worry ocare is dead but a new health care plan by Jody and rest of Republicans will cover this lady's kid. Can understand why this lady loved ocare but democrats screwed up more than health care, doubled natl. debt, screwed up economy, energy everything they touched. She should stay home and take care of her kid and help us make America great again for her and her kid. She does not need fish wrapper's help, its kiss of death, proved!

Sam Basye
Sam Basye

I pay my water bill for water that I use but I'm not paying your water bill am I

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

So you have no idea what socialism is? Thanks for clarifying that!

Sam Basye
Sam Basye

You are not qualified to respond to my comment. Back to your corner.

Tracy Bumgarner
Tracy Bumgarner

Sam Basye, you don't really know a lot about socialism. Look at highways, retirement, disability benefits, schools, traffic laws, clean water, etc.. things that you enjoy using on daily basis. Should we end this based on your unfounded fears?

Sam Basye
Sam Basye

Yea, I just can't afford to keep paying for more and more things for other people .

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

No Christian--maybe an Alt-Christian--would take away healthcare from the old and infirm.

Maryellen Penland
Maryellen Penland

I hope she wins. Hice can go back to his hellfire faux Christian preaching on the radio!

Martin Mcconaughy
Martin Mcconaughy

Real Democrats with real issues and solutions with conviction.

Judith Strain Eckhart Roberts
Judith Strain Eckhart Roberts

Mr. Hice is one of very few legislators who has been faithful to those who voted for him. Integrity and character every one of them could use.

Edward C Tracey
Edward C Tracey

The United States Constitution is beung subverted. No federal mandated insurance!!!

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

Have you read it? It is a living document to be amended as times change. There was a time when compassion and care were common. They have been replaced by greed and selfishness.

Edward C Tracey
Edward C Tracey

Is it made up of cells and DNA and lungs and stuff? How stupid is that statement? Looney lefties bend and twist everything to pervert everything good and decent. Shame on you commies!!

Jerimy Micheal Davis
Jerimy Micheal Davis

You just don't want blacks and Mexicans to have free stuff which isn't free it's covered under taxes

Jerimy Micheal Davis
Jerimy Micheal Davis

Scott you must enjoy having insurance and taxes taken out of your check every Friday I mean how stupid can you be

Donna King
Donna King

I liked Bro. Judy until he changed his vote on Healthcare. He will have to work to get me back!

Scott Ard
Scott Ard

We don't want universal health care!

Henry Allen Black
Henry Allen Black

Hey Chalis Montgomery you can take your platfore or ideas and especially universal health care, and get out of the RED state of Georgia!! We dont want you are trust you are anything you say! You communist party (formly democratic party) liberals have proven yourself to be lier,s..cheats..and un-American, and i for one hope all freedom loving American,s wake up, and never vote for you are anyone in your party ever again!!

Donna King
Donna King

I believe you are talking trump.

Henry Allen Black
Henry Allen Black

Donna King! You beleave wrong, and dont try putting your liberal words in my mouth !

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

Yes what a horrible concept that all people deserve healthcare. It must be very bad to think that red states want to be healthy.

Henry Allen Black
Henry Allen Black

Shelton Brown jr universal health care is a horrible concept! If we,re ever stupid enough to allow goverment to controle our health care, then goverment will controle us all! Freedom loving Americans dont want to be controled, not now, not ever!!

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

Henry Allen Black Yeah a horrible concept that every other industrialized county has implemented except the US. You have to wonder what's preventing the US from ensuring that all people have access to healthcare. What control will they have by ensuring all people have access to healthcare? What control does your current insurer have over you? Your local bank or practitioner? Let's be clear it is morally reprehensible to not have compassion and care for your fellow American. Jesus said it plainly, "Love thy neighbor as thyself."

Tracy Bumgarner
Tracy Bumgarner

Henry Allen Black, you sound like a lunatic person. You don't know what you're talking about.

Howard Smith
Howard Smith

Henry Allen Black isn't it funny that every other developed nation in the world has universal healthcare, every one, and healthcare is cheaper, better and represents a smaller share of those nation's GNP.

Estela Marita
Estela Marita

I could throw a dead squirrel at my laptop keyboard and post something more coherent than whatever the heck Shelton is blathering on about.

Henry Allen Black
Henry Allen Black

Shelton Brown jr Jesus did say love thy neighbor like thy self...but i guess i missed the part when he said that i need to pay for my neighbor,s health care!

Henry Allen Black
Henry Allen Black

Tracy Bumgarner you sound like a liberal that likes to call people names, so nothing to say to you, but thanks for your rude name calling commit!!

Henry Allen Black
Henry Allen Black

Howard Smith this is not every other developed nation, this is the United States of America! We dont tag along behind other developed nations from behind anymore! What they do dont concern me, but in this country im against universal health care, if thats alright with you! If your for it fine!! This is still a country where we all dont think alike!!

Henry Allen Black
Henry Allen Black

Mickey waters rather have Russia as a maybe friend, than a for sure enemy! But that dont include Iran, one of the muslim country,s ODummer is in love with, and to show his love he laundered million,s of tax payer dollars, stacked them on pallets and secreatly flew them to iran, the ones the trash our flag and yell death to America!! Dont remember Presdent Trump doing anything like that for Russia!!

PatrickThompson
PatrickThompson

Yep, like Germany and Japan, after defeating them, we chose their healthcare path and said that single payer or universal was the best way to support their citizens. Meanwhile, we pay with our lives with exceptionalism.


Pat Mackley Ranels
Pat Mackley Ranels

Shelton Brown Jr liberals love the concept of " love thy neighbor," but they will never put the effort into the spiritual struggles to get there. They love everyone, accept everyone, tolerate everyone, except for those right in front of them......their neighbors. They "love and support" nameless, faceless others through idiotic protest movements, but wouldn't spit on their actual neighbor even if they were on fire.

Alice Bug Tallant
Alice Bug Tallant

She don't have a chance in that district, does she even live there? or is she like the osoff who didn't live there. Are all of the libertards going to fund this one too? President Trump showed America it doesn't take all of those millions to win an election. Most of these people living in this area their and our families been here for hundreds of years. Good luck to you, Rep. Jody Hice.

scooderpup
scooderpup

Ever notice how juvenile you sound when your only argument is to call opponents names? Like. Classless fifth grader.

Issac Reid
Issac Reid

I don't know what she is thinking? Those rural areas like not being able to get to a doctor. Heck most of their hospitals are closing down. What do they care?

David Fige
David Fige

I live in a fairly Rural area of North Cherokee, We just had a major new hospital just opened, and already wants to add two additional floors. And they just expanded the one in Jasper.

Therese McNally
Therese McNally

With National healthcare they will be able to reopen the rural hospitals.

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

Most of these rural hospitals that remain are being goballed up by conglomerate health care providers that promise greater access to care and it ends up being crap care. Those in rural communities keep voting against their own best interests.

Estela Marita
Estela Marita

You'll pry healthcare into my cold dead hands. But it won't do me any good at that point.