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Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson is one of several GOP senators who say they are still deciding whether to vote "yes" or "no" on Graham-Cassidy — the latest attempt by GOP leaders to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

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In a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer on Morning Edition, Isakson said he wants to check with other Georgia leaders first. 

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It was a stunning few days in politics: President Donald Trump drew fire from across the political spectrum when he said both sides were equally to blame for the deadly violence in Charlottesville; Georgia's political leaders faced calls for stronger statements about the president and hate groups; there were renewed questions about the future of Confederate monuments and memorials; and the two major state parties engaged in sometimes noisy internal debates among candidates for their nominations for governor.

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On Monday, Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia held what at times was a noisy town hall meeting at Kennesaw State University.  

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Isakson drew cheers when he began with remarks condemning the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists. But he got more questions -- and occasional shouted criticism -- on health care than on any other single subject.

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At home during Congress' August recess, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson faced a tough crowd of more than 600 people Monday night at his first in-person town hall since the 2016 election.

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All but a few in the crowd at Kennesaw State University wore stickers supporting progressive causes, like Planned Parenthood.

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As Thursday night turned into Friday morning, the U.S. Senate — by a vote of 51-49 — defeated the “skinny repeal” proposal pushed by Republican leaders as a measure to replace parts of the Affordable Care Act.  

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That left GOP leaders in a familiar position: starting over on a health care bill. 

On Morning Edition, Denis O’Hayer got some thoughts on the dynamics behind the vote — and what’s next— from political strategists Brian Robinson and Tharon Johnson. 

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