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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 10:25am

Georgia Congressmen Push Health Care Bills

A group of Republican members of Congress is working to pick apart the nation’s health care law. That group includes three Georgia congressmen.

Roswell Representative Tom Price, Marietta’s Phil Gingrey, and Paul Broun of Athens are among the 10 congressional members drafting bills that target the nation’s healthcare law. They are going after everything from long-term nursing care to taxes on medical devices.

The push comes even though the U.S. Supreme Court could decide on the law’s constitutionality next summer. And the rest of Congress is focused on jobs and the unemployed.

Professor Bill Hervey with Macon State College says keeping the health care debate in discussion may be the GOP’s way of raising the ire of working people.

“Although there are a lot of people who are unemployed, the people who are working, while not miserable about the economy, it’s still an overall issue that’s going to meet everybody’s pocketbooks.”, Hervey says.

“As far as these bills and all, what we’re going to do is see what happens when you have a Republican Congress that throws a bill right before an election year into a Democratic Senate for now. It’s a lot of politicking, but it will all settle down.”

Some Democratic Congressional members say their GOP colleagues should focus on more pressing issues such as unemployment.