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Isakson backs Obamacare repeal-and-delay effort he once criticized

8:29 pm Jul. 26, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s vote Wednesday to back an Obamacare repeal-and-delay effort wasn’t exactly a surprise, but it was still notable given his past criticism of the approach.

As we’ve reported over the last few months, Isakson has kept his comments on health care intentionally vague in order to give himself maximum room to negotiate on the GOP’s Obamacare replacement effort. Put another way, he’s not viewed as a

David Perdue rips into Democrats, CBO in searing health care speech

1:24 pm Jul. 25, 2017

WASHINGTON — A longtime U.S. Senate tradition is for junior lawmakers of the party in power to preside over the chamber’s floor debate. As a first-term Republican, Georgia’s David Perdue has spent his share of time in the Senate president’s chair over the last two years, watching over what are often mundane speeches.

Perdue was on the late shift Monday night as Democrat after Democrat took to the floor in a last-ditch effort

Pressure mounts on Perdue, Isakson ahead of health care vote

6:00 am Jul. 25, 2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday to kick off debate on legislation that would repeal Obamacare, but what’s in store is still a mystery.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has yet to disclose whether he plans to immediately push a replacement for the 2010 health care law or simply a repeal-only plan, much like what the Senate voted on two years ago. Working with the slimmest of GOP

Isakson weighs options as Obamacare replacement effort collapses

3:33 pm Jul. 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — As the Senate was laying the groundwork for its repeal of Obamacare back in January, Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson insisted that tearing down the seven-year-old law without a replacement was “unsustainable and impractical.”

“It’s wrong for us to say we’re going to repeal Obamacare without replacing it with a plan that we know works and has the opportunity [to work],” Isakson said in a speech on

Senate faces do-or-die moment on health care

8:00 am Jul. 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – He might not have realized it at the time, but Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue may have perfectly summed up the GOP’s current predicament on health care.

“If you fix it, then nobody is going to be 100 percent happy with what you do,” the first-term Republican told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. “If you don’t fix it, then it’s your fault.”

That ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’