David Perdue: It’s time to work with Democrats on health law

U.S. Sen. David Perdue. Hyosub Shin/AJC

U.S. Sen. David Perdue said Republicans must strike a compromise with Democrats on a healthcare overhaul after the House GOP’s plan to go it alone ended in a disastrous failure.

“How’d the other direction work out? It didn’t work out very well when we pretty much ignored them,” he said of the doomed GOP proposal, which attracted no Democratic support.

“There’s a great chasm up there and I would argue that polarization is one of our great threats to solving a problem. I believe there’s no danger to finding a compromise solution,” Perdue said after a luncheon address in Brookhaven. “That’s what I said when I ran and I believe it.”

He didn’t offer any specifics on how he would cobble together enough bipartisan support behind a new healthcare proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, but he chastised Republicans for making the “same mistakes the Democrats did” after Barack Obama’s election.

“Now it’s time to sober up,” he said, adding that more than 90 Georgia counties are down to a single healthcare provider.

“We’re either going to do it now or we’re going to be forced to do it later.”

Perdue also weighed in on other debates:

On a proposed tax overhaul: He expressed broad support for simplifying tax structure and reduce the corporate income tax rate, but he drew the line on the House GOP proposal for a so-called border adjustment tax to be levied on some imported goods.

Protesters outside a David Perdue event demand he hold a town hall meeting. Hyosub Shin/AJC

“I think the border adjustment tax is DOA in the Senate,” he said.

On Georgia’s Sixth District race: He said he backed former state Sen. Dan Moody because he felt a “responsibility” to support the north Fulton Republican in the crowded April 18 race.

“He’s the right guy right now. He’s an outsider, a business guy,” he said. “I know he has the heart to go up and try to change things up there and break the gridlock.”

On protesters urging him to hold more town halls: He said he held “impromptu” town hall meetings during a visit during the last recess to the state Capitol and that he and his staff often meet with constituents.

“Right now, it’s a question of method more than anything,” said Perdue. “I’m quite happy that we’re getting the input I need to have.”

On his relationship with Donald Trump: “I have influence in the White House and I’m going to use it. I’m not going to be bashful,” he said, adding: ““He’s not a choir boy, and he doesn’t claim to be. What he wants is results.”

On the ‘Bubba Lens’: Bubba saw it for what it was: Dysfunction, gridlock, partisan politics. And they were seeing how those results produced effects on their lives, so they rose up.”

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130 comments
Leonard Hood
Leonard Hood

Hey boy, meet with constituents or are you the "Chicken Perdue/DooDoo..."

Ginny Hordines
Ginny Hordines

Wow, is this real? Did he actually listen to his constituents? Hard to believe.

Carole Mellin
Carole Mellin

What a coward Perdue is. He works for us and won't even show up. Work with Democrats, hahaha. He sure wouldn't work with them before.

Luther Harter
Luther Harter

Like they worked with us on o bum a care, idiot.

Brenda Chester Elliott
Brenda Chester Elliott

He's home and in bed.took his medicine for dizziness. Called dr. Waiting on him. If he gets worse I'll take him to er

Polly Walden
Polly Walden

No, it is time to make congress and senate have to live under the same laws they pass over us. They should only have Obamacare to rely on. Plus their pay needs to be brought down to the $15 an hour pay, and they should only be paid for the days they work - just like the rest of us. No more golden parachutes, social security aand medicare should be their fate

Trudy Stevens
Trudy Stevens

Soooooooo.....he thinks "polarization is one of our great threats to solving a problem." This man's a GENIUS!! Give him a position of power so he can share the REST of his little gems with the world. Oh........wait........nevermind.

Trude Sansbury
Trude Sansbury

He is a "Perdue" like Sonny Perdues kin. Once a Perdue, always a Perdue. What a shame.

Trude Sansbury
Trude Sansbury

Won't meet with his constituents, scared of them? Think he needs to be voted out. That can be worked on.

Billy Sanford
Billy Sanford

weary of this clown already. The problem with health ins pre-obamacare was too much govt regulation. So we've asked the problem to come up with the solution for a crisis caused by the problem. And a businessman like Perdue knows better - but he's as bought & paid for as the rest of them

Ben Dendy
Ben Dendy

I would say both parties should come together for the good of all Americans on this issue as well as others that might come up. Stop acting like children On a playground. Divided we fail.

Billy Sanford
Billy Sanford

I respectfully disagree. Thank God for the few remaining senators & congressmen - like the house freedom caucus - who haven't given up the fight.

John LaPorta
John LaPorta

Dumbocrap don't want to work for the working people all they want yo help are the Muslim

carterjoseph1950
carterjoseph1950

Senator Perdue, are you okay? This isn't like you. Welcome. Maybe you might prove to be a man of the people, rather than playing one on tv with your denim jacket. The citizens need help, so come on board. Either we work together or we sink.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Why stop with healthcare? We are all Americans. Legislate for the entire American people!!!!!! Try it! You'll like it!


Start with the ACA and fix what is wrong. Repubs have lied thru their teeth concerning the law. Improve it or resign!

Lucy Banks
Lucy Banks

Maybe he can get some pointers about 'polarization' from Sen. McConnell? \U0001f633

Dominic A Strammiello
Dominic A Strammiello

Where have you been. The dems say and keep saying they will not work with the republicans on anything where are the republicans who will stand up and fight for what's right

Shane Taylor
Shane Taylor

No! No! No! It's not time to work with the pathetic, lying, corrupt, AntiAmerican, socialist, globalist, back stabbing, hypocritical, demonrats. They won't give an inch to work with us. They are nothing more than a laughing stock. They are fruitless and evil. They have done nothing but spread hate, lies and deception. They are repulsive and vile and the truth is not in them. We don't work with them because they are on their own mission and agenda and that is to destroy America and our sovereignty.

Brent Hilburn
Brent Hilburn

There's nothing to "work on"... Repeal is ALL... Every word... Every Sentence... And THEN, we can work on free-market reforms...

Anita Jones
Anita Jones

no--we need to repeal Ocare and go back to FREE MARKET

Anita Jones
Anita Jones

we had free market before the socialist screwed it up and the premiums were lower than now---try again

Anita Jones
Anita Jones

Katherine Erwin Bailey we have the same amount uninsured now as before Ocare LOL

Bill Stockstill
Bill Stockstill

Like they did last year for the SC vacancy? Or this year?

Arthur Oneal
Arthur Oneal

No perdue its time for you to go. Either home or elsewhere. Don't even come back to Georgia.

Matt Steffney
Matt Steffney

There is not a dime's worth of difference between the two parties.

Mark Beasley
Mark Beasley

Why not take what's not working in the law and make it better?

Nate Green Sr.
Nate Green Sr.

For starters A nation wide penny Sale tax to help pay for it.

John McQuown
John McQuown

Duh! You just noticed? If you, Sen. Perdue, think so then why do you constantly vote as the Polarizer-in-chief Mitch McConnell tells you to vote?

Diane Gordon Rogers
Diane Gordon Rogers

need some public members working on the health law also not just the lawyers and political people, nor just the insurance and doctors !

Brandon McKenzie
Brandon McKenzie

There's your little populist left wing rhino Trump supporter. Own it!

Billy Wilson
Billy Wilson

easy , kill off part 2 of obamacare which mandates people to have it , work with local health departments and rrestore them to what they used to be for those who are unemployed or low income so there will be a form of basic care . Kill off all the friggin red tape hospitols go through and start monitering insurance companies and hospitols and those who are contracted are treatting the people right .

Erik Moore
Erik Moore

Funny how he wants this now yet the GOP refused Obama the slightest for the past 8 years. We could have done so much - infrastructure, immigration, illegal drug issues - yet they refused around every corner. He's a clown.

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

How damn dumb are those people in Kansas!! Georgia, let's be the smart ones this time.

Georgia Luckett Champion
Georgia Luckett Champion

That's a shock. I'll believe it when I see it happening. He votes for or against EVERYTHING I believe in. I get his updates.

Michael Cotton
Michael Cotton

Why can't they work with us why do we always have to give in.

Marilyn Hupp
Marilyn Hupp

Repeal and replace obamacare. Get it done

Charles Hembree
Charles Hembree

I'M A REPUBLICAN AND I DON'T LIKE ANY THING THE AJC PRINTS.

Annie Cook
Annie Cook

If he's too cowardly to hold a town hall meeting, how is he brave enough to meet with a scary democratic politician.

Marilyn Mitchell Davidson
Marilyn Mitchell Davidson

"We" is not the pronoun to use. More of us Dems voted for Hillary and keeping Obamacare than you Repubs voted for Trump and repeal. Sad that after 8 years, no plan had been developed!! All whine, no action.

Valerie Crosby DeLoach
Valerie Crosby DeLoach

It's called the electoral college. You Dems would do well to read and understand its purpose. Google the 2016 electoral map. Does that look like America wanted Hillary? All whine is definitely all you have.

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

#Cult45... ^^^^ High on Putin's TV Personality.

Marilyn Mitchell Davidson
Marilyn Mitchell Davidson

Population centers live with all kinds of people. I wouldn't want to live any other way. There's much to learn in cities each and every day. It feels good to be open to lots of new ideas and people!

Marilyn Mitchell Davidson
Marilyn Mitchell Davidson

I don't get your America point, however. Are you talking about the midwest portion as America? I feel living in a city, your population center term, I guess, as true America! The electoral college is out of date, in my opinion. We should all have the same voting strength.

Richard Cowan
Richard Cowan

Hahahaha you lost wake up Clinton just a bad dream

Valerie Crosby DeLoach
Valerie Crosby DeLoach

There ya go. Saved you the time. America didn't want Hillary. The black belt and population centers wanted Hillary. The electoral college saves us from population center majority. Thank God!

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