Isakson, Perdue seek last-minute changes to health care bill

WASHINGTON — Georgia U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue are not seen as swing votes on the Republican health care bill.

But that hasn’t stopped the two GOP lawmakers from looking to secure last-minute benefits for Georgia’s sickest children and some of the state’s medical providers as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell feverishly renegotiates portions of the Better Care Reconciliation Act to win over enough GOP holdouts.

Near the top of Isakson and Perdue’s wish lists is a change that could send more money to safety net hospitals such as Grady and South Fulton Medical Center in Atlanta. Another aims to have the government pay more to local health care providers who treat needy children.

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Leslie Williams
Leslie Williams

Georgia wasn't on board in the beginning. With republican's in charge I have no faith Georgia will have any insurance.

Carl Neely
Carl Neely

Particularly since South Georgia hospitals lost a lot of money and patients lost care

Leon Jackson
Leon Jackson

Georgia lost out when it failed to accept Medicaid expansion. Smh

Michael R Williams
Michael R Williams

We should check to see how many $$ the new bill will funnel into Tom Price's pockets

Rebecca Hopkins
Rebecca Hopkins

This Health Care Bill Needs To Be For All 50 States To Help Y'all And The American People Amen Even Our American Indians Amen They Will Not Be Thrown Under The Bus No More This Will Help All Of Us Amen

Ginny Hordines
Ginny Hordines

Republicans hAve caused the health care to fail,! Try reading.

Tracy Bumgarner
Tracy Bumgarner

Quietly? Scoff.... that alone means they know they are wrong!

Therese McNally
Therese McNally

Vote the trumpettes out in 2018. We are sick of treasonous lying con men ruining the country.

Mickey Waters
Mickey Waters

DONT SAY THE PEOPLE OF GEORGIA YOU TO SAY THE RICH PEOPLE OF GEORGIA BIG TAX BREAK AGAIN AND AGAIN THIS NOT A HEALTH CARE BILL ITS A RICH MAN DREAM BILL !!!!

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

It's time to repeal and replace every damn Republican in public office.

Ginny Hordines
Ginny Hordines

Party puppets , bought And paid for! Having some second thoughts.

Terri Franssen
Terri Franssen

Dollar signs in their eyes and horns on their temples! Meanwhile they have you fighting among parties lines...so you dont follow the two party gravy train! Lets call a spade a spade!

Lori Clark
Lori Clark

We lost years ago. Went we did not expand Medicaid.

Liz Dadin
Liz Dadin

Isakson better call Chambliss for his approval.

Faith Williams
Faith Williams

This is what happens when you pass Bills without reading them\U0001f60e

Judy Jackson Wammock
Judy Jackson Wammock

I'm so ashamed to be someone from Georgia with these representing me..........\U0001f625\U0001f621

Sue Anne Morgan
Sue Anne Morgan

Perdue and Isakson should be repealed and replaced... Most of our Congress should be as well.

John Smith
John Smith

YOU LEFT WING RADICALS SAID NOTHING.... Obamacare was a disaster destroying healthcare and jobs while stealing $500B from Medicare from seniors who actually paid for it their entire lives. Take cuts from Medicare freeloaders for a change and support President Trump! You said nothing when Obama used drone strikes to execute people abroad. You said nothing about Russia for 50 years until Trump was inaugurated. You said nothing about Hillary’s campaign manager’s brother being paid $175,000 to lift U.S. sanctions on Russia. You said nothing when Obama engaged in military interventionism in Libya without Congressional approval. You said nothing Obama greatly expanded presidential power through the use of Executive Orders. 6. You said nothing when Obama filled his White House with lobbyists after he said he wouldn’t. 7. You said nothing when Obama gave 47 of his fundraisers Administration jobs. 8. You said nothing about the murders and rapes at the hands of illegal immigrants. 9. You said nothing when Hillary’s net worth rose over $100 million as Secretary of State, in part, because her husband took money from foreign governments. 10. You said nothing after Obama’s net worth rose over $10 million as President. 11. You said nothing when Obama’s Justice Dept. Wiretapped/surveilled reporters such as James Rosen and the AP. 12. You said nothing when Obama restricted immigration 6 times with Executive Orders. 13. You said nothing when Obama set a record for deportations. 14. You said nothing when Bill Clinton met Loretta Lynch on the airport tarmac during the Clinton investigation. 15. You said nothing when Hillary was fed debate questions. 16. You said nothing when Obama and Hillary lied about a video and Benghazi. 17. You said nothing when Obama’s IRS abused the rights of taxpayers. 18. You said nothing when Obama’s White House held meetings with lobbyists in coffee shops near the White House to avoid disclosure requirements. 19. You said nothing when Eric Holder sold the guns you hate to criminals and some were used to kill Americans. 20. You said nothing when the Clinton’s took White House property. 21. You said nothing when Hillary laughed off defending a child-rapist. 22. You said nothing when Hillary lied about her private use of a private email server as Secretary of State. 23. You said nothing when Janet Reno, under Bill Clinton, used a tank to kill the Branch Dividians. 24. You said nothing when, on May 13, 1985, a bomb was dropped on a row house in Philadelphia to uproot the black liberation group known as Move, resulting in a fire that eventually burned down 61 houses, killed 11 people (including five children) And injured dozens. 25. You said nothing was Elian Gonzales was forcibly deported using guns. 26. You said nothing when George Soros paid protesters to burn parts of Ferguson. 27. You said nothing about states’ rights until Trump's Executive orders on immigration. 28. You said nothing about Obama’s smoking. 29. You said nothing about the record numbers of people on government assistance. 30. You said nothing about the number of part time and low paying jobs under the Obama recovery. 31. You said nothing when Obama had SWAT teams raid a Gibson guitar factory and seize property, on the purported basis that Gibson had broken India’s environmental laws—but no charges were filed. 32. You said nothing when Obama claimed that the Fort Hood shooting was “workplace violence” rather than terrorism. 33. You said nothing about when Obama ended some terror asylum restrictions, by allowing asylum for people who provided only “insignificant” or “limited” material support of terrorists. 34. You said nothing when the national debt doubled under Obama. 35. You said nothing when 9 times the Supreme Court unanimously overturned Obama’s expansive use of Executive Power. 36. You said nothing when Obama dismissed charges filed by Bush Administration against New Black Panther Party members who were videotaped intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling station during the 2008 election. 37. You said nothing when Obama released Guantanamo detainees were released and went back to kill Americans. 38. You said nothing when Obama unilaterally changed Congressional law by Executive Order. 39. You said nothing when Obama fired an inspector general after investigating an $850,000 AmeriCorps grant received by a nonprofit run by former NBA star and Obama supporter Kevin Johnson. 40. You said nothing about the 36 Obama’s executive office staffers that owed $833,970 in back taxes 41. You said nothing when Obama Killed four Americans overseas in counterterrorism operations without a judicial process. So if you are voicing your objections about the months of Trump, I’m sorry... we can't hear you because you said NOTHING before!!! Keep this going! Copy and share on every liberal response!

Karen Rakestraw
Karen Rakestraw

Bogus justification for allowing the traitorous behavior in the WH.

Rick D. Day
Rick D. Day

Cut and paste rants indicates low brow intellectual effort. It also taggs your as an indoctrinated Radicalized Republican. We will have camps for you MAGA caps.

Tom Jefferson
Tom Jefferson

Rick D. Day "Camps"? You are the first Socialist to expose that part of your plan for us.

Joanne Eaves Morton
Joanne Eaves Morton

If you want to lower premiums you have to greatly enlarge size of insured group. Put the power in the hands of policy holders. Anyone see a downside to that idea?

Ed Helton
Ed Helton

You really shouldn't call it a healthcare bill. It should be referred to as the tax relief bill for the rich, or the pay more, get less bill, or even we don't care about you, the 1% own us bill.

Michael McGaughey
Michael McGaughey

Should have taken the expansion when it was offered. I guess their 'conservative principles' are dependent on who occupies the White House.

Beverly Chisholm Davis
Beverly Chisholm Davis

They should be improving Obamacare as I have been telling them every week for months! They don't listen.

Kay Lamp
Kay Lamp

Beverly Chisholm Davis Obama care is DOA! They knew it was just a redistribution of wealth, it was DOOMED from the start. No point in trying to "fix" a dead issue. Just repeal it and start over from scratch. Replace!

Paul Moisan
Paul Moisan

How about we repeal and replace Isakson and Perdue?

Liz Dadin
Liz Dadin

Paul Moisan Not a bad idea at all Isakson is more Democrat than Republican.

Tom Jefferson
Tom Jefferson

Kay Lamp It is more than redistribution! It puts more power in the hands of one non-elected person then the U. S. Could ever imagine!

Lexa King
Lexa King

Oh, give me a break. No matter what Deal does, if this bill is supported, tens of thousands of Geogians will lose. Unfortunately, Deal didn't even expand Medicaid.

Prince Phillips
Prince Phillips

Lol, Nathan Deal I got to give it to him he usually is looking out for the state for the most part.

Ben L Rainey
Ben L Rainey

Help them out AJC, suggest something worth while

Karen Pieretti-Wooley
Karen Pieretti-Wooley

how about let's look at the costs of the procedures? Instead of costs of premiums. How many places overcharge? How about let's make a chart for big Pharma that their charges shall be the same......

Linda Morgan
Linda Morgan

Isakson??? He usually caters to the left.

Therese McNally
Therese McNally

Vote the trumpets out of office. 2018 we are sick and tired of trumpgate.

Therese McNally
Therese McNally

Ryan- Trump -No -Care bill Is a sham all to give a tax break to people who are the richest.

Therese McNally
Therese McNally

Kill the bill.We want Obama care fixed. We Love Affordable care.this bill is a tax relief bill for the ultra wealthy @The expense of the seniors.

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Annie Cook

Keo Blaise you're right. Only the first world countries do that .

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