My AJC colleague Bob Keefe in Washington says John Barrow and Sanford Bishop, the two remaining fence-sitters from Georgia, will split their votes on health care.
“I am strongly in favor of reforming the health care system, but I don’t think this bill is going to do it, and therefore I can’t support it,” Barrow said in a statement. “It puts too much of the burden of paying for it on working folks who are already being overcharged, and that’s not fair. It threatens to overwhelm Medicaid in Georgia, and that’s not right. And it barely touches the insurance companies, and that’s not smart.”
“Unfortunately I think that my constituents are split right down the middle, so in a sense I’m dammed if I do, damned if I don’t,” Bishop said in an interview.
“If I’m going to be dammed, I want to be damned on the side of the angels, on the side of what I think will be an obligation as a Christian to take care of the least of (us) and to make sure people are treated fairly,” he said.
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