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With collapse of Senate GOP effort, a sigh of relief from Georgia hospitals

9:41 am Jul. 28, 2017

In the hallways of many a hospital in Georgia, a sigh of relief rushed out at news of the collapse of the Senate Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act in a manner that would have would have sent the U.S. health care system deeper into uncharted territory.

Here’s the statement from Earl Rogers, president and CEO of the Georgia Hospital Association:

“The proposals being considered last night by the U.S.

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

7:50 am Jul. 28, 2017

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

Perdue, Isakson’s votes to repeal parts of Obamacare not enough to save effort

7:31 am Jul. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s two Republican U.S. Senators, David Perdue and Johnny Isakson, voted in the wee hours of the morning on Friday to back a scaled-back plan to repeal parts of Obamacare, but their support was not enough to save the GOP’s eleventh-hour gambit, which was narrowly rejected 49-51.

The dramatic vote came shortly before 2 a.m. — with Perdue presiding over the chamber, no less — and only a

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

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

Strangers on a plane: An intoxicated tale of bipartisanship

6:10 pm Jul. 19, 2017

Just seven days ago, Joan Kirchner had drawn a middle coach seat on the 3 p.m. Delta flight from D.C. to Atlanta. Her boss, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, was in first-class.

A stranger arrived — a Delta million-miler who preferred an aisle seat. A late booking had awarded him the window, but it was no matter. He is the type who can sleep on planes, and immediately nodded off.

Eventually, Drunk Guy

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