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Isakson "People Are Scared"
Sunday, 30 August 2009

August 30--  U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson believes many Americans are "scared" about the direction the country seems to be heading.  During a series of town hall meetings in south Georgia, including one in Swainsboro, he said fear is driving many citizens to get involved and voice their concerns.

Senator Isakson talks with concerned citizens in Swainsboro

"They're worried about a move toward socialism and feel like free enterprise is under attack.  I think that's why you're seeing a resurgence of people turning out for town halls, my mail is through the roof, phone calls are through the roof and that's America in action, that will save the democracy," he said.

Senator Isakson is doubtful there are enough votes in the Senate to pass the government option portion of the Obama healthcare law.

"I think we've got the votes to stop it in the Senate," he said.  However, Senator Isakson says there are things which need to be included in the law. 

"We need to look at the 14 percent who are not insured and the things we can do.  We need to allow associated health plans which allows independent contractors to band together to bring down rates and make affordability better.  Make it portable across state lines and repeal pre-existing conditions so people aren't cut out of the system, but put them in a risk pool which is large enough to absorb that disability," he suggested.



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