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Isakson, Perdue to back Senate's new health care gambit

A new phrase gripped Georgia advocates for and against Obamacare repeal Thursday — “Skinny Repeal”.

After two Senate votes on previous proposals to scale back the 2010 health care law failed solidly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was said to be heading toward this stripped-down incarnation of a bill to roll back portions of the federal health care law as soon as Friday morning.

Details of the proposal remained murky on Thursday evening, but the plan appeared to rest on the core principle of eliminating the mandate that every American have health coverage and sunset the requirement that all employers offer insurance. It would reportedly drop the GOP’s previous attempts to scale back the Medicaid program while repealing the law’s medical device tax.

Many Georgia observers, for and against repeal, see ending the mandate as a significant step in itself. But they also see it as a foot in the door for keeping the repeal effort going, and reviving the broader provisions approved in the House of Representatives.

Both of Georgia's Republican U.S. Senators, Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, indicated they were on board, not as an optimal ending point but as a means to a much more substantial repeal.

Read the whole story on myAJC: Georgia GOP senators walk a tightrope with ‘Skinny Repeal’

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Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia.