Updated: Perdue, Isakson back every major Senate GOP health care proposal

WASHINGTON — If you’re having trouble keeping track of the various health care proposals floating around the Senate, you’re not alone.

As GOP leaders looked to cobble together 50 votes behind an Obamacare replacement plan this week — any plan, really — they put a ton of proposals up for test votes. Georgia’s two Republican U.S. senators, Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, backed every major health care measure that came before the chamber.

Here’s a breakdown of each key vote:

‘Skinny’ repeal — July 28, 2017 

An early morning vote to scrap Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates, as well as its medical device tax, but keep in place other aspects of the 2010 law, most notably its Medicaid expansion. Rejected 49-51, with all Democrats and three Republicans voting against.

Isakson — yes

Perdue — yes

Repeal and delay — July 26, 2017

A vote to repeal large swaths of Obamacare and delay implementation for two years as lawmakers presumably settle on a replacement. Rejected 45-55, with seven Republicans and all 48 Democrats against.

Isakson — yes

Perdue — yes

Senate GOP replacement + Cruz plan + Medicaid money — July 25, 2017

A late-night vote on the Senate’s revised Obamacare replacement bill, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s proposal to allow insurers to sell cheaper, bare-bones health plans and a provision backed by moderate Republicans to set aside an additional $100 million for states to help people losing their Medicaid coverage. Rejected 43-57, with nine Republicans and all Democrats against. Proposal needed 60 votes to pass.

Isakson — yes

Perdue — yes

Begin debate — July 25, 2017

An up-or-down vote on whether to kick off debate on a GOP health care rewrite. Passed the chamber 51-50 after Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote. Two Republicans voted against the effort, as did every Democrat.

Isakson — yes

Perdue — yes

Check out our recent health care coverage on myAJC:

Your Georgia guide to all things health care debate 

Senate to push for health care debate, but which plan?

Latest health bill estimates: up to 1 million fewer Georgians covered

Georgia stakeholders anxious and confused over health care fight

Senate health care rewrite in Washington doesn’t change Georgia minds

How Georgia’s congressmen voted on replacing Obamacare

Reader Comments 1

167 comments
Steve Britt
Steve Britt

Isakson and Perdue are great representatives. Thank goodness we have them in these offices to represent us.

Bill Shields
Bill Shields

Proof most of the journal readers are moochers. Most of georgia will see a 40% increase in obummercare premiums next year. Enjoy it fools

Victoria Koegle-Barkan
Victoria Koegle-Barkan

Both do not understand what it means to help people. Bothe do not understand what the words family values really mean.. Just coar my pockets

Nelms Graham
Nelms Graham

They voted just as their taxpayer voters wanted them too.

Wayne Schlund
Wayne Schlund

Get the government out of healthcare, it wasn't perfect, but it was a hell of a lot better than the mess they created

John Donnelly
John Donnelly

Poor Johnny. Fools a call him a moderate for his corporate, Atlanta Country Club rhetoric. He votes wing-nut Tea Party every damned time. I'd rather have an out fool, like Ted Cruze, not represent me. At least he is transparent about his disgusting agenda.

Ronald Baker
Ronald Baker

The Lib rag AJC would love to have this come off as negative. It is a good time to remind folks that It is time to make Congress be subject to the same laws as their constituents Mr. President; please take away the Congressional exception for Congress regarding Obama Care, Do it today!

Terry L Wagnon
Terry L Wagnon

Something is wrong with these guys if they have backed every GOP health care bill. You guys are voting party and not for your people who vote for you. I admire Senator McCain, this should have been you guys also voting for the citizens of Georgia not your party.

John E Coursey
John E Coursey

Go Trump 2020 vote out all brain dead koolaid drinking libtard dumboKKKrats

Rebecca Starring
Rebecca Starring

Of course they did!! They are USELESS when it comes to supporting their constituents.

Evan Weisman
Evan Weisman

Perdue is a lost cause. Forgot his promise to "work across the aisle Isakson is ibn poor health and apparently wants to share that with his fellow Georgians.

Kay Frances Mitchell
Kay Frances Mitchell

Glad you two voted for the GOP Healthcare bill...we Georgians are listening & watching....waiting!

Luanne Taylor
Luanne Taylor

we know how they vote, they never deviate from the R memo of the day...

Kevin Tuttle
Kevin Tuttle

Of course they did. They're buying into the Trump Cult like the rest of their party. No matter that repealing Obamacare will kill constituents. They know they have a lock on the state and it doesn't matter what they do - enough Georgians will blindly vote R that it doesn't matter.

Brad Carter
Brad Carter

They love Georgia so much they want to see a lot of its citizens lose the only healthcare they have and empower a moronic disreputable oafish greaseball. A lot of those losing coverage are veterans, Senators. What do you say to them?

Philippe Laval
Philippe Laval

I am not surprised at all. A surprise would be if they did something good.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Like all Republicons they put billionaires first corporations second party third and country last.

Suzanne Timms
Suzanne Timms

They are not working for the people of Georgia.

Chris Wright
Chris Wright

Yet they all get the best government run healthcare we all can buy but they want it for themselves instead of everybody having the same freaking thing. Georgia keeps voting for this crap by the way.

Lisa Foust
Lisa Foust

I know how they voted and I won't forget!

Todd Skitch
Todd Skitch

We don't really need to read this article to figure out how they voted. (Blindly along party lines, to be sure) However, it does make one wonder if Perdue and Isakson even read these bills before they cast their votes. Or if they care how many of their own constituents it will negatively affect.

Roy Redding
Roy Redding

Todd Skitch - Speaker Pelosi famously said that the ACA needed to be passed so that we could find out what's in it! Not one person read the ACA before voting it into law. Obama didn't read the bill either! Now, you don't even read the article to form your opinion? Yet, you assume that Perdue and Isakson didn't read the bill prior to casting their vote? Is that because you don't expect the Democrats to read the bills they vote for? Which constituents will be negatively impacted here in Georgia? Why didn't you care about the people hurt with the passage of the ACA?

Deborah Knight Quigley
Deborah Knight Quigley

These entitled rich old white men are sadly my senators. They do not answer phone calls, and if you are one of the lucky ones to get through to chicken-boy Perdue his staff is rude and unprofessional. I was told the senator did not care what my opinion is that he knows what is best.

Todd Skitch
Todd Skitch

I read the article. My first sentence was rhetorical.

Sandra Lord-Drakes
Sandra Lord-Drakes

They don't care. I have written Perdue multiple times and his responses are straight from a Faux News teleprompter. Lies, lies, lies.

Ed Stegherr
Ed Stegherr

it shows how stupid they are. they do not care for the people

Terra Mahre
Terra Mahre

I send these two jokers at least one fax a week, and phone calls too. I have only received one reply from Isakson...Perdue is worthless. VOTE the man OUT a sap.

Leo Brant
Leo Brant

WELL MY OPINION WAS SET AS SOON AS I HEARD PERDUE JUST GO FIGURE ....

Leo Brant
Leo Brant

WHAT ELSE COULD WE EXPECT ....

Marilyn Mitchell Davidson
Marilyn Mitchell Davidson

I call most of Congress, and certainly our two faux Senators in Georgia, the WWBs. Whiny White Boys! Worried that their golden days may soon be over.

Jeff Elrod
Jeff Elrod

the best part of watching skinny repeal crash & burn was the disappointment in perdue's voice and on his face when he announced the vote totals. isakson may not vote the way i (or a good many other georgians) agree with, but he'll at least answer his constituents' questions from time to time in his telephone town halls. perdue has no interest in public service beyond his single-minded windmill tilt against the national debt. his previous experience in corporate america was all about tightening up corporate operations to maximize shareholder returns (with little regard for customers or employees), and he's attempting to do the same in the senate for his political benefactors at the expense of the american people. we'd have been much better represented by michelle nunn.

Feistygirl girl
Feistygirl girl

I really liked McConnell's long sad face after McCain voted no...LOL

Sandra Lord-Drakes
Sandra Lord-Drakes

Exactly. His one interest is the national debt, ignoring how tax cuts to the wealthy has contributed to more red ink. Less revenues, more debt.

Susan Avent
Susan Avent

Ha. You idiots that follow these fools. Hope you are in the 1% because you have a lot of surprises coming your way if not. Good luck with that sheeples.

Harold Craig
Harold Craig

Our two U.S. Senators are both uncaring about the needs of poor and middle class Georgians. They would rather follow the dictates of the GOP than do what's best for Georgians. \U0001f621\U0001f621\U0001f621

Feistygirl girl
Feistygirl girl

Not to mention they're both too scared to have townhalls to face their constituants ... frickin panty wads.

Albert Pickett
Albert Pickett

Well, what did we expect. They're card carriers.

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