How Georgia’s congressmen voted on replacing Obamacare

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 their respective parties.

Ahead of the vote, 8th District Republican Austin Scott said he was supporting the legislation because it seeks to “put more competition in the health care system,” which he said would help lower insurance premiums.

 


 

Meanwhile, Lithonia Democrat Hank Johnson said the bill is “terrible” and would direct the health care system “backwards.”

“Anybody who votes for it, as Nancy Pelosi said, is tattooing their forehead,” he said. “Voters are going to remember what those Republicans in the House are doing today in 2018.” 

Here’s how your representative voted:  

YES: 

Buddy Carter, R-Pooler

Drew Ferguson, R-West Point

Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville

Austin Scott, R-Tifton

Doug Collins, R-Gainesville

Jody Hice, R-Monroe

Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville

Rick Allen, R-Evans

Tom Graves, R-Ranger

NO:

Sanford Bishop, D-Albany

Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia

John Lewis, D-Atlanta

David Scott, D-Atlanta

The measure now moves to the Senate, where its political future is unknown. Odds are the bill will change substantially there, if it can move at all.  That’s because Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has only two Republican votes to spare and must contend with arcane rules that limit the kinds of policy he can include in such legislation.

Georgia’s senators have refrained from making definitive statements on how they’d vote on the measure, but both Johnny Isakson and David Perdue have indicated they’re supportive of its underlying principles. In the two months since the previous version of the Republican health care legislation crashed and burned, both senators have propagated the need to work with Democrats on the issue.

Read more:

5 Things to know about the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare 

Deal: House Obamacare overhaul could lead to ‘interesting’ changes in Georgia

A 6th District rift over the House healthcare plan in Tom Price’s old turf

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

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

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

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32 comments
Joel Rea
Joel Rea

They are always for the bills that hurt people! How is this representing their constituents?

Tray Turner
Tray Turner

Vote them out....corporate profits and crony politics before the best interests of the American People......vote out all who voted to repeal and not replace Obama care with a better vehicle for delivering healthcare to Georgians.

Terry Scoggins
Terry Scoggins

Once again get past the talking points. First this bill address existing conditions. It simply adds a 30% surcharge to anyone gaming the system. This is a good thing. So this bill is pretty much Obama care with a GOP sticker on it. It may by slightly better than Ocare but not by much. You guys are so caught up in Republican and Democrat that you can't see that they are all the same. They get in front of a camera and smack each other around. Call each other names. Then when the show is over they go to dinner together and laugh at the idiots they just screwed. That would be you. Do you really think that their is any difference in Ryan, Pelosi, Schumer or McConnell. Trump, I thought we had some hope with him, but he is falling in line with Ryan. He's done some good but not enough.

Terri Parker
Terri Parker

My family lost in everyway. High weekly cost out of our checks, higher co pays, 10,000 deductible. We could not afford to see the doctor anymore. And when we did the medicine was so high we could not get it. And if we don't have Ins. The IRS will fine us. We pay and have no care and others get it free. That's not right!!! That's Obamacare. I'm not sure this will work better. But, I do know things were not perfect before Obama care but we managed to see a doctor, pay the bills and get medicine. And by the way since I could not afford to go to my doctor I was dropped. Lost my doctor. Got a kidney infection had to go to ER. Cause all new doctors that take my Ins. I could only get a appointment a month out because of being a new patient. So, I will have to pay 100% of a outrageous high ER bill because of my deductible. More debt. Less Care. How is this acceptable for anyone? They had plenty of time to fix that and any other problems. To leave us struggling and doing without while bringing in illegals and refugees with free care is so wrong! You can help others after you take care of our own. Its unforgivable to me. It's our very lives we are taking about! Obama is a POS! We are left trying to doctor ourselves and worried about hospitalization. Obama care is a nightmare! And I truly don't want the government to control my doctor or me.

Marilyn Hupp
Marilyn Hupp

Obamacare is a disater. Nobody really has insurance because they cant afford to use it

Ben Counts
Ben Counts

It would be a hell of a lot easier just to provide universal healthcare. All of this bickering back and forth. Obamacare wasn't the best, but this new plan sure as hell is bad. But people are so politically motivated, so party consumed, that this new healthcare system could cancel insurance for anyone with a pre-existing condition, and it'd be fine with republicans because it's trump's will. It makes no sense. There has to come a point where people say to hell with the party, and stand up for what is right. Universal healthcare should be happening. We claim to be the greatest country in the world, but we can't even get healthcare right. And this new system is not going in the progressive direction. It's regression at its finest.

Sally Williams
Sally Williams

It will, just see what happens after Ryancare fails.

Tara Smith-Laney
Tara Smith-Laney

These folks couldn't care less about any of us. Notice they want to be exempt from their "wonderful " new plan. Kinda makes you wonder doesn't it? Everyone is entitled to his or own opinions, but if it's so good, why don't they want it? I'm not saying that Obama care is perfect, but damn what they are proposing is disgusting .

Barbara Murphy Kleese
Barbara Murphy Kleese

How many Democrat Senators and Congress members opted OUT of obamacare - Nancy Pe was NOT enrolled.

Mattie J. Riggins
Mattie J. Riggins

Barbara Murphy Kleese, Obamacare IS NOT insurance, but rather laws that regulate the insurance industry. So if you have health insurance, whether through the Marketplace, an employer, or the private market, you benefit from the provisions of Obamacare. If I am not mistaken, all members of Congress were required to get coverage through the Marketplace. Nobody opted out.

Mattie J. Riggins
Mattie J. Riggins

Does anyone think insurance companies want Obamacare, which imposes restrictions to keep them from cheating people, to actually succeed? The Republicans and insurance companies have worked to make sure Obamacare isn't as efficient as it could be...all deliberate. Take it away and watch costs skyrocket to the insurance company's benefit. The winners will be the rich, insurance companies, and the bought and paid for Republicans in Congress. The losers will be everybody else who isn't rich, including those calling for repeal now. Republicans in Congress don't want the government to help fund healthcare, except their own of course, and didn't even want to repeal Obamacare for themselves and their staff, even going as far as exempting themselves from the bogus plan they're pushing. That should speak volumes to everybody.

Harry Abrams
Harry Abrams

I keep looking for the section in the Constitution that prescribes Health Care Mattie J. Riggins, couldn't find it in the Bill of Rights, either. Is your copy different than mine?

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

But health insurance prices almost tripled under Obamacare.

Betsy Swarthout Whitley
Betsy Swarthout Whitley

Maybe Lou, but they increased for those not on ACA, as well. And insurance profits spiraled up. Who rules the U.S? Insurance companies.

Mattie J. Riggins
Mattie J. Riggins

Lou Davis, costs increased yes, but at a slower rate than before Obamacare. Insurance companies are all about making as huge a profit as possible. But, live and learn. Sam Basye, Republicans are trying to hide the damage that their plan will do. They would have blown a gasket if Democrats had even considered voting on Obamacare before it was scored by the CBO. Their intent is not to provide healthcare but rescind it and the 24 million that will lose coverage under this proposal is just the beginning.

Ben Counts
Ben Counts

She didn't say anything about the constitution or the bill of rights. She's speaking logically. From a humanitarian point of view. Which is something republicans can't grasp. All the republicans can grasp is money. Universal healthcare should be what's happening. Not the government getting richer off of our misfortunes. Parties aside, this is about the wellbeing of humans.

Tracy Bumgarner
Tracy Bumgarner

Only white folks think killing Obamacare is great. Smh.

Alice O'Neal Grove
Alice O'Neal Grove

Tracy I am white and I am very disappointed it was killed. It should have had some improvements but not killed. I was so happy to have Obamacare.

Tara Smith-Laney
Tara Smith-Laney

It's not a done deal. The Senate has to approve it and it has already been said that they won't.

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

Disliking the fact that health insurance prices almost tripled under Obamacare must be racist.

Jeanine Gibbs
Jeanine Gibbs

You do realize that more blacks are against Obamacare than for it? It hasn't helped blacks at all.

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

Kill Obamacare, dismember it, burn it, bury the ashes, then salt the earth.

Harry Abrams
Harry Abrams

AETNA exits Iowa, to be completely out of Obamacare by 2018. .....And another one, another one, another one bites the dust.............

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