Isakson, Perdue vote to proceed with Obamacare repeal

[private]The U.S. Senate voted by the barest of margins Tuesday to move ahead with debate and a likely vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act.

The vote was 51-50 to proceed to debate on a bill – no one is sure yet what form it will be – with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote.

The Senate can now vote on several options or amendments: repealing Obamacare without a replacement, which could result in 32 million Americans losing health insurance coverage, or repealing Obamacare with a replacement, which could strip 22 million people of their coverage.

The only Republicans to vote with the Democrats to try to stop the progress of the healthcare bill were Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue voted to move forward to debate, keeping alive the possibility of Obamacare repeal. Sen. John McCain, recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, flew from Arizona to Washington to vote yes along with his Republican colleagues.

If Obamacare is eventually repealed, an estimated one million Georgians could lose healthcare coverage.

“Repealing the failing Obamacare law that has driven up costs and eliminated choice for many Georgia families is a commitment of mine because hardworking Georgia families deserve better,” Isakson said. “Today’s vote allows my Senate colleagues and me to participate openly in debate on just how we plan to help families and address this failed law.”

“This failed system isn’t going to fix itself, and I am glad the Senate has started a full debate on ways to improve health care,” Perdue said. “For weeks, Democrats have refused to work with us on bipartisan solutions and today not one of them voted to help fix the damage they did to our health care system.”

In reality, Senate Democrats, like most Senate Republicans, have had no opportunity to work on the bill, because it has been drafted in secret by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).

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