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Shock, awe, tears and cheers in Ga. after GOP health bill collapses

6:56 pm Mar. 24, 2017

WASHINGTON — There were plenty of ominous signs Friday that the House GOP did not have the votes to pass its health care overhaul, but that didn’t make anything less dramatic shortly after 3:30 p.m., when the news was broken to Republican lawmakers that their effort to overhaul Obamacare had collapsed.

The looks on the faces of many congressmen coming out of a closed-door meeting in the bowels of the

Jody Hice’s rejection of GOP health care plan could help sink bill

4:58 pm Mar. 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia Congressman Jody Hice is firmly against the Republican health care plan, one of at least two dozen reported GOP opponents who are imperiling the White House-backed legislation roughly 24 hours before the House is expected to vote on the proposal.

The Monroe Republican said the current plan “doesn’t go far enough” to repeal Obamacare, despite recent changes leaders made to win over conservatives like him. He wants Republicans to rip

Perdue, Isakson shun the health care spotlight ahead of House nail-biter

2:51 pm Mar. 22, 2017

WASHINGTON – At a time when their House colleagues are in the hot seat on health care, Georgia’s two senators are studiously avoiding the spotlight – for now.

Republican Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson have both sounded positive notes about their party’s plan for repealing and replacing Obamacare, but neither has said definitively whether they’ll back or shun the plan as-is. And neither has taken the same cable blitz route as

Tom Price steps up as one of TrumpCare’s top salesmen

8:00 am Mar. 21, 2017

WASHINGTON —Under the bright studio lights and a red, white and blue set, moderators and audience members at a recent CNN town hall event took turns grilling Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price about the way the GOP health care bill treats the sick, the vulnerable and the elderly.

Questions oscillated from the personal to the emotional to the fiscal.

A since-recovered cancer patient spoke of how Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion

Jody Hice: Georgia’s last GOP health care holdout

4:26 pm Mar. 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — For U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, the moment he decided to support the Republican health care bill came during a private meeting with President Donald Trump. The conservative Republican Study Committee had just successfully lobbied Trump, in the Oval Office no less, for a handful of changes to the legislation that would push it farther to the right.

“After we had our discussion, the president went around the room and

Loudermilk gets on board with GOP health bill after Trump meeting

2:25 pm Mar. 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — One of Georgia’s two Republican holdouts on the party’s Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill now says he’s a ‘yes’ after huddling with President Donald Trump.

U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, was one of about a dozen members of the conservative Republican Study Committee to huddle with Trump at the White House this morning to discuss the GOP’s American Health Care Act.

Loudermilk said a deal to tweak the bill that the group

Tom Price looks to steady wobbling health care effort with town hall

10:56 pm Mar. 15, 2017

WASHINGTON – Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Wednesday gave a full-throated defense of the House GOP’s health care overhaul, hours after Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledged changes would need to be made to save the embattled plan.

The former Georgia congressman, who has become the face of the White House-backed bill, defended the legislation’s treatment of the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare to a cancer survivor who said his

Ga. Republicans in damage control mode on health care

7:33 pm Mar. 13, 2017

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story included a tweet from another news outlet that incorrectly quoted U.S. Sen. David Perdue on the Republican health care bill. This story has been updated to reflect his position. 

WASHINGTON – Many Georgia Republicans scrambled to re-frame the health care conversation Monday on Capitol Hill after the release of a nonpartisan report that estimated that 24 million fewer people would be on the health insurance rolls