Updated: Perdue, Isakson back every major Senate GOP health care proposal

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Georgia U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson (left) and David Perdue (right) at a Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in June 2015. Courtesy of the Senate Photography office.

WASHINGTON — If you’re having trouble keeping track of the various health care proposals floating around the Senate, you’re not alone.

As GOP leaders looked to cobble together 50 votes behind an Obamacare replacement plan this week — any plan, really — they put a ton of proposals up for test votes. Georgia’s two Republican U.S. senators, Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, backed every major health care measure that came before the chamber.

Here’s a breakdown of each key vote:

‘Skinny’ repeal — July 28, 2017 

An early morning vote to scrap Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates, as well as its medical device tax, but keep in place other aspects of the 2010 law, most notably its Medicaid expansion. Rejected 49-51, with all Democrats and three Republicans voting against.

Isakson — yes

Perdue — yes

Repeal and delay — July 26, 2017

A vote to repeal large swaths of Obamacare and delay implementation for two years as lawmakers presumably settle on a replacement. Rejected 45-55, with seven Republicans and all 48 Democrats against.

Isakson — yes

Perdue — yes

Senate GOP replacement + Cruz plan + Medicaid money — July 25, 2017

A late-night vote on the Senate’s revised Obamacare replacement bill, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s proposal to allow insurers to sell cheaper, bare-bones health plans and a provision backed by moderate Republicans to set aside an additional $100 million for states to help people losing their Medicaid coverage. Rejected 43-57, with nine Republicans and all Democrats against. Proposal needed 60 votes to pass.

Isakson — yes

Perdue — yes

Begin debate — July 25, 2017

An up-or-down vote on whether to kick off debate on a GOP health care rewrite. Passed the chamber 51-50 after Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote. Two Republicans voted against the effort, as did every Democrat.

Isakson — yes

Perdue — yes

Check out our recent health care coverage on myAJC:

Your Georgia guide to all things health care debate 

Senate to push for health care debate, but which plan?

Latest health bill estimates: up to 1 million fewer Georgians covered

Georgia stakeholders anxious and confused over health care fight

Senate health care rewrite in Washington doesn’t change Georgia minds

How Georgia’s congressmen voted on replacing Obamacare


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