Doomed GOP healthcare plan jolts race to replace Tom Price

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The doomed Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act could well prove to be a defining debate of the 2018 midterm elections, and the stark divide among candidates racing to represent a swath of suburban Atlanta offers an early glimpse of the electoral challenges facing conservatives.

In Georgia’s Sixth District, several of the 18 candidates demanded sweeping changes to the plan and applauded when it was pulled by House leaders minutes before a scheduled vote because of a staggering lack of support. Others running as Donald Trump loyalists say they would have voted for it in a flash and lamented its demise.

All the more remarkable is that the rift erupted in a conservative-leaning district long represented by Tom Price, Trump’s new health secretary and the point-man to implement any plan that made it through Congress.

“Healthcare is 17 percent of our economy. I’m OK with taking it slow to get it right, and I hope I get the chance to work on it,” said former state Sen. Judson Hill, a Marietta attorney who is one of the 11 Republicans in the race.

The April 18 special election is one of the first – and the most competitive – congressional contests since Trump’s election and could prove to be a measure of his popularity. And it will be a quick test of the impact of the dramatic failure of the GOP’s effort to deliver on its promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.

The district, which spans from east Cobb to north DeKalb, has been in GOP control for decades and sent Price back to Congress every two years by double-digit margins. But Trump’s 1-point victory in the district gives Democrats hope they can flip the seat.

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$800 million dollars state tax on health care providers(hospitals) snuck through the legislature as a renewal for three more  years and quickly signed by Shady to tax all the paying and insured to cover state's Medicaid obligations. No one discusses that this is pure socialism and a result of this state refusing excess Medicaid funds under Obamacare,

And all the cons  and Price continue to deny that GOP advocates socialism to pay for the care of  the elderly and the  poor.

Maybe the AJC should finally expose this charade to light instead of all the feel good stories that do not expose how this state practices socialism due to Reagancare.