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Johnny Isakson and David Perdue’s opening offers on health care

7:00 am May. 15, 2017

WASHINGTON – One could say that Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson kept close tabs on the House’s tumultuous effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this spring.

In fact, Georgia’s senior senator followed much of the initial debate in real time from his hospital bed as he recovered from a pair of surgeries on his lower spine.

“Involuntary,” Isakson deadpanned as he recounted the hours spent watching cable news coverage of the legislation. “Under the

Georgians sort through health care changes as Senate takes up effort

12:30 pm May. 9, 2017

By Ariel Hart, Misty Williams and Tamar Hallerman

When the U.S. House of Representatives finally made good on its promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act Thursday, Josh Schiffer felt a pit in his stomach.

Schiffer’s five-year-old daughter has a congenital heart defect, the kind of pre-existing condition that insurance companies used to refuse to cover or charge with outlandish premium prices — before the Obamacare law. Would she be able

How Georgia’s congressmen voted on replacing Obamacare

2:36 pm May. 4, 2017

WASHINGTON — After months of arm twisting, false starts and political football, the House finally went on the record on the Republican health care plan Thursday.

The chamber ultimately passed the measure, known as the American Health Care Act, by a razor-thin 217-213 margin. The vote was strictly along party lines, with 20 Republicans crossing over to vote with every Democrat to reject the bill.

Georgia’s 13 congressmen all went with the leaders of

Jody Hice gets to ‘yes’ on health care overhaul

3:23 pm Apr. 27, 2017

WASHINGTON — The lone Georgia Republican congressman to reject an earlier iteration of the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan said he’s now on board after conservatives struck a deal with a moderate leader.

Rep. Jody Hice, R-Monroe, said he’ll support the GOP’s American Health Care Act, or AHCA, after the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus and moderate New Jersey Republican Tom MacArthur negotiated changes to the legislation that would allow states to opt

Isakson open to bipartisan health care negotiations — just don’t call it a ‘gang’

8:00 am Mar. 31, 2017

WASHINGTON – At home in Marietta recovering from a pair of back surgeries, Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has had a lot of time to watch C-SPAN over the last few weeks.

That’s included following the twists and turns of the House’s since-collapsed effort to replace Obamacare.

In an interview Thursday amid his whirlwind, day-long return to Washington, Isakson said he had been prepared to vote for the House legislation

Georgia’s lone GOP health care holdout urges leaders to try again

8:00 am Mar. 29, 2017

WASHINGTON – The lone Georgia Republican to go against his party leaders on health care thinks the GOP should take another stab at repealing and replacing Obamacare.

“Our hearts are ready,” U.S. Rep. Jody Hice of Monroe said in a brief interview Tuesday.

A member of the House Freedom Caucus, the group of ultra-conservatives who joined with moderate Republicans to sink the American Health Care Act last week, Hice said the

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