With collapse of Senate GOP effort, a sigh of relief from Georgia hospitals

In the hallways of many a hospital in Georgia, a sigh of relief rushed out at news of the collapse of the Senate Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act in a manner that would have would have sent the U.S. health care system deeper into uncharted territory.

Here’s the statement from Earl Rogers, president and CEO of the Georgia Hospital Association:

“The proposals being considered last night by the U.S. Senate, which would have resulted in millions more patients without health coverage, were not solutions we supported.

 

“For now, there is still no clear path forward for the hundreds of thousands of uninsured Georgians who lack meaningful access to health care. And there is little relief for our hospitals who endure more than $1.7 billion annually in uncompensated care.”

Yet the hospital association awarded U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue a pass on their votes in favor of a “skinny” repeal:

GHA thanks Senators Isakson and Perdue for their efforts to improve certain elements of the legislation in order to bring significant additional Medicaid funds for Georgia’s hospitals. On behalf of our more than 170 hospital members, we will continue to work with state leaders and other stakeholders to craft solutions to this uninsured crisis.

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To that last point, the Washington Post argues that U.S. Sen. John McCain’s vote to kill the effort wasn’t just a thumb in the eye of President Donald Trump:

Battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, the maverick was willing to vote “no” on the “skinny repeal” amendment so that other GOP colleagues who were also opposed to the measure could vote “yes” to save face with the conservative base. To this day, Trump has never apologized for saying that the former fighter pilot was not a war hero because he got captured in Vietnam. It gets less attention, but the president also besmirched the Arizona senator’s character by repeatedly accusing him of not taking care of other veterans. McCain has never forgotten.

Here’s the moment:

If you watch carefully, you can see David Perdue, who was presiding over the chamber at the time, bow his head as McCain fires his torpedo.

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Politico.com reports that John McCain cast his no vote even after lobbying from the White House:

The president made a last-ditch effort, calling the Arizona senator and key holdout on the GOP’s Obamacare repeal measure, as the bill’s fate hung in the balance, according to two sources familiar with the conversation. After Pence had spent about 20 minutes working McCain, the senator went off the floor to speak with Trump by phone, those sources said.

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This morning’s response from the White House:

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U.S. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were the two other Republicans who voted no. President Trump put the screws to Murkowski, and not just on Twitter. She received a phone call from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke warning of dire implications for her state.

But it’s not always a good idea to tick off a Senate committee chairman. From the Alaska Dispatch News:

Murkowski chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and has used the position to drive home Alaska priorities, particularly with Interior nominees. She oversees the confirmation process for the Interior Department.

 

On Wednesday, a committee hearing on nominations to the Interior and Energy departments was postponed indefinitely. A reason was not posted.

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According to the Gwinnett Post, Sugar Hill Mayor Steve Edwards says he shouldn’t have been included on a list of supporters issued last week by the Republican gubernatorial campaign of Brian Kemp, who is now secretary of state:

“I met Mr. Kemp in late June for the first time in Savannah while at a local government conference,” Edwards told the Daily Post in an email. “Although I will support a Republican candidate, I have not had a chance to officially endorse any candidate yet.”

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U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, a Republican who hails from the Savannah area,  didn’t appreciate many of the responses to his recent comment that someone should head to “that Senate and snatch a knot in their ass.” Some were offended. Most were baffled.

Carter defended the language he used via Twitter:

He also doubled down on his original message, tweeting that the “entire Senate needs to get their act together and get their job done on health care.” It also appears that Carter was not a fan of Insider’s headline from Wednesday:

In our defense, the Guide to Coastal Georgia Slang isn’t online.

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George Chidi has given us permission to replicate some serious info he’s got up at GeorgiaPol.com:

Antica Posta, a Buckhead restaurant of some renown, hosted a famous Holocaust denier and white supremacist on a speaking tour last week.

 

In another time, this wouldn’t really be news. Racists eat every day. Some of them eat well.

 

But this made the news, because one of the servers at the restaurant posted a tearfully-written commentary about David Irving’s visit on Facebook, and the posting went viral. Members of his staff said they were subjected to racist abuse and abuse related to sexual orientation. Staff also said the party was not asked to leave afterward, but instead was berated for making a big deal out of “nothing,” followed by jokes about “serving a beer to a Nazi.”

 

Were this some frat party that got out of hand, I’d probably blow this off. In context, this incident should have made the news, but for more important reasons. The alt-right white supremacists of Atlanta appear to be moving toward more formal organization, and this is a sign of it.

 

Last September, a good friend of mine posted images of a group of young white guys with white supremacist T-shirts and Confederate battle flags at the top of Stone Mountain. It appeared to be a small thing, too, at the time.

 

It turns out that the meet-up at Stone Mountain was a “pool party,” which is alt-right slang for a group outing. Local networking events for young white supremacists began to pop up on the radar of antiracist activists.

Chidi goes on to name names and organizations. He begins his concluding thoughts with this:

Why the backstory? Because David Irving is exactly the guy you bring to the dinner table if you’re trying to layer a veneer of intellectual legitimacy over the idea that majority rule in America threatens European values and that white Christian men are the only legitimate leaders in society…

 

Reader Comments 1

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Kevin Tuttle
Kevin Tuttle

Imagine how happy the parents of kids with chronic or terminal illnesses are.

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Ronald W. Mann
Ronald W. Mann

So now they can continue to rip off patients under zerocare

Frank Murphone
Frank Murphone

Nope. I know many who work at hospitals and Obama care is a nightmare

Roger Smith
Roger Smith

About 300 million Americans can't see that the media and politicians are playing them like a fiddle

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Larry Eugene Teal
Larry Eugene Teal

You cannot thank your GOP congressmen and Senators, unfortunately.

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Frank Cicalese
Frank Cicalese

Kevin Tuttle Europe, Cuba, Canada, and any other Nationalized health care system you can name. Perhaps you'd do better to really pay attention rather than readily swallow the BS.

Steve Britt
Steve Britt

How about letting the hospitals speak for themselves. Your liberal opinions are sh@t!

Scott Ard
Scott Ard

I don't know why they are already closing because of Obama care!

Eagle Hendrix Smith
Eagle Hendrix Smith

The term "pre-existing" condition should be defined. My daughter was born with Downs Syndrome and a heart defect. She was not eligible for insurance. The insurance co. Could always say that her problem now, whatever it might be, was from her pre-existing condition and could not be covered. If you are 40 years old and just irresponsibly avoided buying med. Ins. And then became ill, and bought ins., that is NOT A LEGITIMATE PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. There should be a different standard for people with condition from birth. They should be covered.

Eagle Hendrix Smith
Eagle Hendrix Smith

EVERYTHING IS SET BY THE INSURANCE COMPANY. Most people should know what it means. Clears confusion

Patricia Young
Patricia Young

My niece has downs and has had numerous heart surgeries.She has medicaid since birth.Yours should qualify too.These are special angels on Earth.God bless you both!

Eagle Hendrix Smith
Eagle Hendrix Smith

If you worked for a large company you might qualify. My husband had his very own small business. Even if you could cover them, the ins. Co. Could always say that her sickness was caused by her PRE-EXISTING CONDITION and not pay.

Larry Williamson
Larry Williamson

F single payer unless every person is going to pay for their coverage. Get the government out of healthcare. Buy your own or do without. Take taxpayers money to cover the old disabled and children. The democrats created this problem. Why aren't they trying to help fix it. Because it's obamacare. There should be no such thing as preexisting conditions. That is a money scam for insurance CBO's to make millions.

Mickey Waters
Mickey Waters

Employers get big tax breaks to provide health coverage for their employees I guess y'all want to do away with employers getting tax rights to help pay for the Employees Healthcare that would mean that the employee was pie a whole lot more for their health care and then might understand more little bit because then they would understand how much Healthcare actually cost for too long they haven't realized the true cost of healthcare become very employer has been paying a lot of it because of the tax break that's government tax break by the way

Lorraine Roberts
Lorraine Roberts

Don't sigh for long, the Republicans are coming back with yet another go-round.

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

Republican Health Care Plan: Hurry up and die!

Frank Cicalese
Frank Cicalese

Another Liberal BS story. ...and these fools continue to buy into this BS, too.

David Farias
David Farias

Hospitals. What about the millions of us that still have no insurance?

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

I'm curious as to why you don't have coverage? What needs to be done for you to get covered?

David Farias
David Farias

Because it's $700 per month. Why? You going to loan me the money ?

David Geary
David Geary

Shelton Brown Jr, have you been paying attention? Or are you one that gets everything for free, and doesn't understand what the working people are going through?

Issac Reid
Issac Reid

White supremacistd in this state is not news...its one around every corner. I don't care.

Nelms Graham
Nelms Graham

Vance Croft But who will support the State Government with their taxes? Democrats? Hardly!

Issac Reid
Issac Reid

I'm far from a racist red Ted Achimasi Sr. If you saw my best friend who is a self proclaimed redneck and even told me his father left for Augusta because of blacks...you would know other wise.

Linda Morgan
Linda Morgan

Issac Reid that white supremacist stuff is all a state of mind. You can ruin your life worrying about what you might think people think of you or you can live your life to the fullest and not give them a thought. It's all up to you and I hope you go the latter route.

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

You're right! But every day they're dying out faster than Democrats are registering to vote. It won't be too long and Democrats will own this state.

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

Vance and more liberals are moving south to retire and not taking part in this bull around here.

Edwina McInnish
Edwina McInnish

DOES ISSAC REID CARRY ON ABOUT RACISM ETC., FOREVERMORE? BEFORE LONG THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING HE IS GOING TO HAVE A LOT MORE THAN WHITE PEOPLE TO WORRY ABOUT. AND HE CAN'T IMAGINE HOW BAD IT IS GOING TO BE.

Joyce Puckett
Joyce Puckett

when u clean ur people up then question mine..we are not the ones out destroying public property never have...

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

Nelms Graham There you are in your flea infested trailer park making presumptions about Liberals. LOL

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

Joyce Puckett ?? get out of your trailer and take some grammar courses.

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

TRump lost the economy even in Georgia. The areas producing and paying taxes are blue. So tell us again who's paying taxes in Georgia?

Emory Elmo Smith
Emory Elmo Smith

Issac Reid understand this redneck dont give a crap bout color but the idiot democraps in washinton do my Brother

Linda Morgan
Linda Morgan

Shelton Brown Jr then they'll come south and try to change the south to be just like that. No thanks!

Linda Morgan
Linda Morgan

Vance Croft you sure are a nasty man-why are you so miserable?

Emory Elmo Smith
Emory Elmo Smith

Linda Morgan reason Vance Croft is the way he is hes a Tech fan

Linda Morgan
Linda Morgan

Shelton Brown Jr we all are paying taxes but all the money goes to the Atlanta area.

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