Isakson backs Obamacare repeal-and-delay effort he once criticized

As we've reported over the last few months, Isakson has kept his comments on health care intentionally vague in order to give himself maximum room to negotiate on the GOP's Obamacare replacement effort. Put another way, he's not viewed as a potential "no" vote for Mitch McConnell as the majority leader looks to find 50 Republicans to support a repeal plan.

“I’m on the team and I’ll be doing what Mitch needs me to do," Isakson said in March, when he returned to D.C. shortly after back surgery to provide McConnell with the final vote needed to pass a Planned Parenthood bill.

Isakson and Perdue were two of 45 Republicans to back the repeal-and-delay proposal on Wednesday. It ultimately fell five votes short of adoption.

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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...