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Georgians scramble after Trump kills health insurance subsidies

7:00 am Oct. 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — Kirk Lyman-Barner’s phone began buzzing at 7:30 a.m. Friday and didn’t stop for hours.

An Americus insurance broker who specializes in Obamacare policies, Lyman-Barner is used to being a familiar face around town. But even his morning coffee run at Cafe Campesino was interrupted repeatedly by clients, all of whom were worried about how much their monthly health care premiums would increase due to the latest headlines coming out

Mixed reviews in Georgia for Trump’s move to lift Obamacare regs

7:00 am Oct. 13, 2017

WASHINGTON —President Donald Trump’s move to loosen some of the federal rules governing so-called associated health plans and short-term insurance on Thursday garnered mixed reaction in Georgia.

Republicans lauded the changes for increasing flexibility and competition and providing more lower-cost options to locals with few or no alternatives to Obamacare. Democrats and some health groups, meanwhile, warned it would undermine the Affordable Care Act by luring away young and healthy

Another worry for your weekend: Sam Nunn’s warning on North Korea

2:39 pm Sep. 29, 2017

You may think you’re headed into a weekend in which Puerto Rico and its recovery from Hurricane Maria is your chief concern. We’d like to add something else to your worry cart. In particular, an op-ed posted this morning on the CNN website.

It comes from former Georgia senator Sam Nunn and former energy secretary Ernest Moniz, co-chairmen of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and may be the most worried-sounding

Senate confirms former state rep. to be Atlanta-based U.S. attorney

5:43 pm Sep. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday easily confirmed former state Rep. B.J. Pak to head the U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta for four years.

The Trump administration tapped the former Georgia lawmaker for the prestigious position in July, citing Pak’s vision for “making America safe again.” 

Pak sailed through his Senate confirmation hearing earlier this month and was okayed by the chamber as part of a block of judicial, ambassadorial and military nominees

Tom Price promises to reimburse taxpayers for private flights

4:51 pm Sep. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — Health chief Tom Price said Thursday he will reimburse taxpayers for the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of travel he logged on private jets in recent months.

“Today, I will write a personal check to the US Treasury for the expenses of my travel on private charter planes,” the former Roswell congressman said in a statement. “The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes.”

Politico recently published

Former colleagues steer clear of Tom Price’s private jet woes

7:00 am Sep. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — Some liberal Democrats may have been quick to call for health Secretary Tom Price’s resignation on Wednesday amid his private plane rigmarole, but the former congressman’s onetime Georgia colleagues are keeping their distance or urging patience as a government watchdog probes Price’s official trips.

“I really don’t know the details, so I’ll reserve judgment,” said U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville.

“I don’t really have a comment on that,”

House Democrats call for Tom Price’s ouster

3:19 pm Sep. 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — At least five House Democrats are calling on Health Secretary Tom Price to resign from his Cabinet post following news reports that the former Georgia congressman took two-dozen publicly-funded trips on private jets in recent months.

Jamie Raskin of Maryland tweeted on Wednesday that his former colleague should step down.

“Time for @SecPriceMD to resign,” Raskin tweeted, referring to Price’s user name on the site. “King Trump’s spending is bad

President Trump ‘not happy’ with Tom Price after reports of private jet use

1:29 pm Sep. 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is “not happy” with Health Secretary Tom Price following reports of his extensive use of publicly-funded private jets and indicated he has not ruled out firing the former Georgia congressman over the trips.

“We’ll see,” Trump told reporters assembled on the White House’s South Lawn when asked about whether he would fire Price.

“I was looking into it and I will look into it,”