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Health care replacement in Georgia


A guide to the candidates in Georgia’s special election

A field of 18 candidates is running in Tuesday’s special election to represent the 6th Congressional District, which stretches from east Cobb County across north Fulton County to north DeKalb County. The seat opened when Tom Price vacated it to become President Donald Trump’s secretary of health and human services. With such a large number of candidates, a runoff is almost certain. It...


Georgia’s lone GOP health care holdout urges leaders to try again

WASHINGTON – The lone Georgia Republican to go against his party leaders on health care thinks the GOP should take another stab at repealing and replacing Obamacare. “Our hearts are ready,” U.S. Rep. Jody Hice of Monroe said in a brief interview Tuesday. A member of the House Freedom Caucus, the group of ultra-conservatives who joined with moderate Republicans to sink the American...
After GOP health plan fails, Georgia explores Medicaid changes

After GOP health plan fails, Georgia explores Medicaid changes

Gov. Nathan Deal’s administration is exploring changes to Georgia’s Medicaid program after a sweeping Republican overhaul of the Affordable Care Act was scuttled last week in a stunning rebuke to Donald Trump and Congressional leaders. The collapse of the GOP health plan has reignited debate in Georgia and other red states over whether to expand Medicaid — the health program...
Health care plan collapses in major setback for Trump, GOP

Health care plan collapses in major setback for Trump, GOP

Obamacare remains the law of the land for the foreseeable future. Republicans, who have campaigned for years on a pledge to repeal the Democrats’ signature health law, saw their efforts collapse in dramatic fashion on Friday. Just minutes before the U.S. House was set to vote, Republican leaders yanked their replacement bill conceding they didn’t have the votes needed to adopt the White...

Shock, awe, tears and cheers in Ga. after GOP health bill collapses

WASHINGTON — There were plenty of ominous signs Friday that the House GOP did not have the votes to pass its health care overhaul, but that didn’t make anything less dramatic shortly after 3:30 p.m., when the news was broken to Republican lawmakers that their effort to overhaul Obamacare had collapsed. The looks on the faces of many congressmen coming out of a closed-door meeting in the...
Trump ‘disappointed’ by GOP failure to pass health plan

Trump ‘disappointed’ by GOP failure to pass health plan

House Republican leaders have shelved legislation that would repeal and replace Obamacare after failing to muster enough support from within their own party. “This is a setback no two ways about it,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said at a Capitol Hill news conference late Friday.   “We just didn’t quite get consensus today,” Ryan said.  Speaking from the...
GOP scrambles to save health bill

GOP scrambles to save health bill

Republican leaders late Thursday conceded major changes to their Obamacare replacement plan in a last-minute effort to win over holdouts within the GOP who had opposed the bill. The biggest change to the plan: eliminating “essential health benefits” such as maternity care and mental health services, which Obamacare requires insurers to offer. Members of the hard-line conservative Freedom...
Vote on GOP health plan delayed, staunch conservatives remain opposed

Vote on GOP health plan delayed, staunch conservatives remain opposed

Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows said late Thursday afternoon that Republicans would “get to the finish line” on the GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill, following a meeting with his fellow caucus members. But it wasn’t immediately clear when -- or if -- the House may vote on the plan. A vote was originally set for Thursday but was delayed late Thursday afternoon. The House...
GOP health bill: As vote looms, a race to rein in the holdouts

GOP health bill: As vote looms, a race to rein in the holdouts

The Republican push to repeal Obamacare — a move that could affect access to health care for hundreds of thousands of Georgians — appeared to be in jeopardy on Wednesday as the GOP struggled to win over holdouts within its own ranks. But there were signs late Wednesday that the White House was willing to alter the measure to meet the concerns of conservatives, who were demanding repeal...

Jody Hice’s rejection of GOP health care plan could help sink bill

WASHINGTON — Georgia Congressman Jody Hice is firmly against the Republican health care plan, one of at least two dozen reported GOP opponents who are imperiling the White House-backed legislation roughly 24 hours before the House is expected to vote on the proposal. The Monroe Republican said the current plan “doesn’t go far enough” to repeal Obamacare, despite...

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

WASHINGTON – At a time when their House colleagues are in the hot seat on health care, Georgia’s two senators are studiously avoiding the spotlight – for now. Republican Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson have both sounded positive notes about their party’s plan for repealing and replacing Obamacare, but neither has said definitively whether they’ll back or shun...
Could changes to GOP health plan help older Georgians, Trump voters?

Could changes to GOP health plan help older Georgians, Trump voters?

A series of changes to the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan -- aimed at winning over hard-line conservatives -- could provide more financial aid to older Americans to help buy them insurance. The move announced Monday night could bolster tax credits for people ages 50 to 64, many of them working class who voted for Donald Trump. The tax credits are aimed at helping people who don’t have...

Jody Hice: Georgia’s last GOP health care holdout

WASHINGTON — For U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, the moment he decided to support the Republican health care bill came during a private meeting with President Donald Trump. The conservative Republican Study Committee had just successfully lobbied Trump, in the Oval Office no less, for a handful of changes to the legislation that would push it farther to the right. “After...
Even with new White House, Georgia faces old ‘dilemma’ over Medicaid

Even with new White House, Georgia faces old ‘dilemma’ over Medicaid

Gov. Nathan Deal and other state GOP leaders could soon be forced to consider what was once unthinkable: an expansion of the Medicaid program while there’s a Republican in the White House. The governor and Republican allies for years slammed the expansion of the Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act as too costly in the long run, and Deal’s opposition was a cornerstone of his re-election...
Tom Price in the spotlight as point man for GOP health plan

Tom Price in the spotlight as point man for GOP health plan

Under the bright studio lights and a red, white and blue set, moderators and audience members at a recent CNN town hall event took turns grilling Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price about the way the GOP health care bill treats the sick, the vulnerable and the elderly. Questions oscillated from the personal to the emotional to the fiscal. A since-recovered cancer patient spoke of how Obamacare&rsquo...
Trump voters in South Georgia come to terms with GOP health plan

Trump voters in South Georgia come to terms with GOP health plan

Kenneth Peek had a rough year. The South Georgia farm where he and his wife grow corn, wheat and soybeans faced a drought and lost money in 2016. So he’s working construction jobs to make ends meet. The 64-year-old hoped to catch a break on his health care costs. He has insurance through the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, but the premiums and bills keep going up and up...

Tom Price looks to steady wobbling health care effort with town hall

WASHINGTON – Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Wednesday gave a full-throated defense of the House GOP’s health care overhaul, hours after Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledged changes would need to be made to save the embattled plan. The former Georgia congressman, who has become the face of the White House-backed bill, defended the legislation’s treatment of the Medicaid...
Georgia leaders worry state may be ‘punished’ under GOP health care plan

Georgia leaders worry state may be ‘punished’ under GOP health care plan

As Gov. Nathan Deal raised concerns again this week that the U.S. House GOP health care plan could “punish” Georgia and other states that didn’t expand the Medicaid program, one of the state’s leading supporters of the plan urged patience. U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter is Georgia’s sole member on the Energy and Commerce Committee, one of three House panels with jurisdiction...
Hundreds of thousands could lose insurance in Georgia under GOP plan

Hundreds of thousands could lose insurance in Georgia under GOP plan

An estimated 750,000 Georgians — many of them poor and older — could lose their health insurance under the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan, a new analysis shows. The data offers a first glimpse into how the GOP plan could fundamentally change access to health care in the Peach State. Georgia already has the third highest rate of uninsured in the nation. Roughly...
Lawmaker: Under GOP health care bill, Georgia would be ‘significantly punished’

Lawmaker: Under GOP health care bill, Georgia would be ‘significantly punished’

U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, will be making the rounds at the state Capitol on Wednesday. He’s already put himself forward as a fan of the House Republican bid to replace the Affordable Care Act, and will probably make the case to state lawmakers this morning. Some people will take some convincing. In a morning piece by Andy Miller of Georgia Health News, Gov. Nathan Deal reiterated his...

Ga. Republicans in damage control mode on health care

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story included a tweet from another news outlet that incorrectly quoted U.S. Sen. David Perdue on the Republican health care bill. This story has been updated to reflect his position.  WASHINGTON – Many Georgia Republicans scrambled to re-frame the health care conversation Monday on Capitol Hill after the release of a nonpartisan...
Georgia officials mount response to GOP health plan

Georgia officials mount response to GOP health plan

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Friday that the new health care legislation put forward by Republican leaders in Congress is not something he could support without important changes. Cagle’s comments came following a meeting of a new Georgia Senate task force he has formed to try to nudge Congress to shape the federal proposal to Georgia’s benefit. The task force represents the state’s...
Republican health plan advances amid questions on impact, cost

Republican health plan advances amid questions on impact, cost

Thousands of poor, older Georgians could lose their health insurance in the coming years, while adults who are younger and make more money could be eligible for financial help to buy coverage. Those are just some of the myriad ways Republicans’ Obamacare replacement plan could fundamentally change access to health care in the Peach State. The GOP plan, called the “American Health...
CDC would lose nearly $1 billion under Republican budget

CDC would lose nearly $1 billion under Republican budget

The Republican health care plan moving through the U.S. House of Representatives guts a little-known fund that provides Georgia some $20 million a year, for things like immunization programs, preventing heart disease and strokes, and responding to public health crises. The loss of the federal Prevention and Public Health Fund would deal a $891 million blow to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease...

A county-by-county look at what the GOP’s health plan would mean for Ga.

WASHINGTON — The breakneck pace of the current health care debate is enough to make anyone’s head spin, even if you’re well-versed in all things health policy. But if there’s one thing worth looking at as Congress continues to vet the GOP’s American Health Care Act and hurl talking points across the cable news, it’s this info on what the plan could ...

David Scott: Rip up GOP health plan, let bipartisan panel start over

WASHINGTON — On many issues, U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, fashions himself as a man in the middle on Capitol Hill, ready and willing to use his moderate credentials to broker agreements across the aisle. The question has always been whether there were any Republicans to meet him halfway. When it comes to the GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill, Scott, like virtually...
Georgia Republicans sharply divided over health care plan

Georgia Republicans sharply divided over health care plan

Georgia Republicans are sharply divided over the GOP proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act that’s galloping through the U.S. House of Representatives, raising concerns about the lack of a cost estimate for the overhaul and its impact on the state’s budget as it moves through Capitol Hill. As House lawmakers prepare to vote on the sweeping rewrite of health care policy, at least two...

The Ga. Republicans on the fence about the GOP health care bill

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s 10 Republicans serving in the House of Representatives often take great pains to be on the same page, meeting weekly when Congress is in session to catch up and share notes on legislation coming down the pike. And generally speaking, the GOP side of the delegation — they call themselves the G-10 — sticks together on major bills. At the moment that...
GOP health plan could mean less help for Georgians to buy insurance

GOP health plan could mean less help for Georgians to buy insurance

Georgians with health insurance through the Affordable Care Act could get thousands of dollars less to help buy coverage under a new plan unveiled by the GOP this week.   The federal tax credits proposed in the House plan, the “American Health Care Act,” would be far less generous for older and low-income Georgians, especially those in rural areas where insurance premiums...
Obamacare replacement plan sets deadline for states to expand Medicaid

Obamacare replacement plan sets deadline for states to expand Medicaid

The clock is ticking for Georgia lawmakers who still hope the state will eventually expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of poor residents. The 19 states, including Georgia, that have so far refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would have until Jan. 1, 2020, to sign up new enrollees in the government health program for poor Americans, according to a new GOP health plan...

House Republicans unveil their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare

We teamed up with the AJC’s health care guru Misty Williams for this quick take on the Obamacare replacement bill that just dropped: Dubbed the “American Health Care Act,” the House GOP’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would strike at the heart of the seven-year-old law, stripping away its mandates and rebuilding in its...
Georgia seniors voice concerns over health law repeal

Georgia seniors voice concerns over health law repeal

More than 100 seniors gathered at a community center in Lithonia on Wednesday to learn about ways the GOP’s promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could affect their health care. Most of the talk in Washington around gutting former President Barack Obama’s signature health law has focused on the future of its insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion. But the law has also...
Georgia governor signs hospital provider fee to fill Medicaid gap

Georgia governor signs hospital provider fee to fill Medicaid gap

Georgia’s Medicaid program received a shot in the arm Monday when Gov. Nathan Deal signed a measure into law that will avert a roughly $900 million gap in Medicaid funding. The governor signed Senate Bill 70 into law after both chambers swiftly approved the measure, which allows the Department of Community Health board to levy a hospital provider fee for an additional three years. The so-called...
Tom Price sworn in as health chief shortly after Senate confirmation

Tom Price sworn in as health chief shortly after Senate confirmation

Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price was sworn in as the 23rd secretary of health and human services Friday morning, less than 12 hours after senators voted to confirm the former orthopedic surgeon to the Cabinet-level position. The Roswell Republican’s promotion to the country’s highest health perch puts him at the center of the Trump administration’s effort to overhaul health care policy...
Senate on cusp of confirming Tom Price as Trump’s health chief

Senate on cusp of confirming Tom Price as Trump’s health chief

The Senate on Thursday was on track to confirm Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price to be secretary of health and human services, a position that would give the Roswell Republican and former orthopedic surgeon vast power to shape health care policy in America. Lawmakers spent the majority of the day Thursday debating Price’s nomination on the Senate floor in a series of speeches that fell strictly along...
Obamacare enrollment down sharply in Georgia

Obamacare enrollment down sharply in Georgia

Georgia saw one of the biggest drops in Obamacare sign ups nationwide with nearly 94,000 fewer people enrolling in health coverage this year compared with 2016.  That’s a 16 percent decline — the fourth biggest drop among states that use the federal health insurance exchange Healthcare.gov, new federal data shows. The enrollment slump was likely spurred, in part, by...
Obamacare enrollment down sharply in Georgia

Obamacare enrollment down sharply in Georgia

Georgia saw one of the biggest drops in Obamacare enrollment across the country with nearly 94,000 fewer people signing up for health coverage this year compared with 2016. That’s a 16 percent decline — the fourth biggest drop among states that use the federal health insurance exchange Healthcare.gov, new federal data shows. Georgia’s enrollment drop mirrors a nationwide decrease...
The race to replace Price could be an early test of Trump’s popularity

The race to replace Price could be an early test of Trump’s popularity

U.S. Rep. Tom Price could be confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Donald Trump’s health secretary as early as this week, and the race to represent his affluent suburban Atlanta district could be an early test of the new president’s popularity. More than a dozen candidates are lining up to run in the contest, which is poised to be one of the first congressional elections since Trump’s...
Tom Price nomination advances as partisan fighting continues

Tom Price nomination advances as partisan fighting continues

The Republican leaders of a key Senate committee forced through the Cabinet nomination of Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price on Wednesday morning, defying a Democratic blockade to send the Trump administration’s top health pick to the Senate floor. Taking unorthodox action, the panel kicked off a second drama-filled day on Capitol Hill as the two parties continued to feud bitterly over President Donald...
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