How Georgia's congressmen voted on replacing Obamacare

The chamber ultimately passed the measure, known as the American Health Care Act, by a razor-thin 217-213 margin. The vote was strictly along party lines, with 20 Republicans crossing over to vote with every Democrat to reject the bill.

Georgia's 13 congressmen all went with the leaders of their respective parties.

Ahead of the vote, 8th District Republican Austin Scott said he was supporting the legislation because it seeks to "put more competition in the health care system," which he said would help lower insurance premiums.

Meanwhile, Lithonia Democrat Hank Johnson said the bill is "terrible" and would direct the health care system "backwards."

Buddy Carter, R-Pooler

Drew Ferguson, R-West Point

Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville

Austin Scott, R-Tifton

Doug Collins, R-Gainesville

Jody Hice, R-Monroe

Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville

Rick Allen, R-Evans

Tom Graves, R-Ranger

Sanford Bishop, D-Albany

Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia

John Lewis, D-Atlanta

David Scott, D-Atlanta

The measure now moves to the Senate, where its political future is unknown. Odds are the bill will change substantially there, if it can move at all.  That's because Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has only two Republican votes to spare and must contend with arcane rules that limit the kinds of policy he can include in such legislation.

Georgia's senators have refrained from making definitive statements on how they'd vote on the measure, but both Johnny Isakson and David Perdue have indicated they're supportive of its underlying principles. In the two months since the previous version of the Republican health care legislation crashed and burned, both senators have propagated the need to work with Democrats on the issue.

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