Georgia Senators vote to Gut Obamacare Spending

| December 4, 2015

Healthcare Costs


For the first time, an Obamacare repeal bill may actually land on the President’s desk.

The Senate successfully passed a bill yesterday to repeal much of Obamacare, passing by a vote of 52 to 47. The only Senator to miss the vote? “Democratic Socialist” Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

However, Georgia’s Senators were present, and both voted to gut the President’s marquee legislation.

On the Senate floor, Senator Johnny Isakson spoke to the law’s negative impact on Georgians.

“Six years ago, the administration was promising lower premiums, better benefits and that Obamacare was going to be a solution for the problems of American families. I have gotten letters from people who are having higher premiums, bigger deductibles and less benefits.

Let me give you an example: A family in Roswell, Georgia, wrote me, a family of five. They were notified their premium is going from $849 a month to $1,075 a month, with a deductible of $11,900, and an increase of $6,900 in their deductible. The mother, who had a family history of breast cancer, was denied coverage for her regular mammograms, and the young daughter, who had a precancerous mole removed, was refused reimbursement for that removal. This family experienced increase in premium, reduction in benefits and an increase in deductible. It just doesn’t make any sense, but it’s all because of the mandates of the Obamacare law.

Secondly, I had a young couple in Smyrna, Georgia, who wanted to plan for their retirement, start saving in their early years of productivity. They recently received notice from their insurance company their premium is going from $670 a month to $1,379 a month, over a 100 percent increase. Where is that money coming from? They are having to reduce their savings for retirement just to pay the Obamacare premium and get less of a benefit because their deductible is going from $2,000 to $4,000.

The promise of lower cost health care and better benefits was exactly wrong. What the American people were promised was wrong.

I’m proud that Senator Enzi, Senator Alexander and others have led this reconciliation vote to repeal Obamacare. It’s time the American people got the truth — better coverage, but lower cost — the good old-fashioned way with a private competitive system.”

Senator David Perdue said that his vote to repeal Obamacare will help future generations.

“Obamacare is a fundamentally flawed law that put our health care system—one-sixth of our nation’s economy—under government control and the consequences have been disastrous. The law has driven up costs, eliminated health care choices, forced rural hospitals out of business, created a doctor shortage, and failed to live up to the expectations promised to the American people by the Obama Administration.

“Today, for the sake of our kids and grandkids, we are taking a very important step to repeal Obamacare and stop government-mandated insurance. The government should not be involved in our personal health care decisions, which is why we are eliminating Obamacare’s fines on individuals and businesses and finally sending this broken law back to the President’s desk.”

The House will first have to approve the measure as amended before making its way to the Oval Office.

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