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Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 1:54pm

Ga. Republican Leadership Blasts Federal Healthcare Bill

Georgia’s Republican leadership is blasting the Senate’s passage of the federal health care bill this morning.

US Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss said they believe the Democrat-backed legislation will raise taxes, boost insurance premiums, slash benefits for seniors and place a massive unfunded mandate on states.

Chambliss said the bill will drive the already-strained budgets of individuals, families and small businesses "to the breaking point."

Isakson called the bill's expansion of Medicaid "a recipe for disaster" that could bankrupt cash-strapped states.

Governor Sonny Perdue has asked the state’s Attorney General Thurbert Baker to look into the constitutionality of the deals struck to pass the bill, claiming its unfair some states got special treatment.

Perdue cites Nebraska as an example. It got full federal coverage for its state Medicaid expansion into perpetuity in exchange for a senate vote.