Political Notes — Perdue signs on for the Senate’s healthcare bill

[private]Sen. David Perdue, as expected, will support the Senate’s Obamacare repeal bill, but hints there could be some changes to it before next week’s scheduled vote.

“After reviewing the initial working draft, I believe it includes many substantial fixes to our broken health care system,” Perdue said in a statement released by his office.

“Obviously, this will not be the final bill, but I’m hopeful that we can resolve the remaining disagreements and deliver a consensus bill that is a vast improvement over Obamacare,” he added.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to steer the bill to passage by keeping at least 50 of the 52 Republican senators in line.  He won’t have to worry about losing the votes of Perdue and Johnny Isakson, but some of the more moderate Republican senators are grumbling about the deep cuts in Medicaid funding that would be used to pay for a major tax cut.

The Senate proposal to repeal Obamacare, like the bill passed by the House, is running into opposition from healthcare and consumer groups and is not polling well either.

“The Senate bill would hit millions of Americans with higher costs and result in less coverage for them,” said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond.

“AARP is adamantly opposed to the Age Tax, which would allow insurance companies to charge older Americans five times more for coverage than everyone else while reducing tax credits that help make insurance more affordable,” LeaMond said.

The Georgia Hospital Association weighed in as well, calling the Medicaid cuts “devastating” for hospitals.

“We urge Senators Isakson and Perdue to carefully consider the negative impact the AHCA will have on our hospitals’ ability to care for all patients and their communities,” GHA President Earl Rogers said.

Donald Trump seems to like the Senate version of the Obamacare repeal bill as well as he does the House version.

“I am very supportive of the Senate Healthcare Bill,” he tweeted.  “Look forward to making it really special! Remember, ObamaCare is dead.”

The man for whom Obamacare was named, Barack Obama, held an entirely different view, saying in a Facebook post:  “The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.”

Ellington to run for Supreme Court

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge John Ellington announced Thursday he will run for the Georgia Supreme Court — specifically for the seat held by Justice Carol Hunstein, who has indicated she won’t run for reelection.

A member of the Appeals Court for the past 18 years, Ellington at various times in his legal career has been a judge at the level of probate court, magistrate court, juvenile court, state court and superior court.

Cagle endorsers

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle released a list of 64 elected officials, past and present, from Northwest Georgia who have endorsed him in next year’s race for governor.

The endorsers include Sens. Jeff Mullis and Chuck Hufstetler, former senator Don Thomas, Reps. John Deffenbaugh and Dewayne Hill of Ringgold, and former representative Boyd Pettit.

Cagle also has the support of Sheriffs Gary Sisk (Catoosa County), Ray Cross (Dade), Steve Wilson (Walker), Tim Burkhalter (Floyd), and Mitch Ralston (Gordon).

Nelson named solicitor general

Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Billy J. Nelson Jr. as solicitor general of the State Court of Long County.  Nelson fills a vacancy created by the appointment of Mark Hendrix as solicitor general of the State Court of Liberty County.

Nelson currently serves as assistant district attorney in the Atlantic Judicial Circuit. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a law degree from Mercer University.

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