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News Briefing for Wednesday, December 3, 2014

HEALTHCARE: Americans Are Spending 42 Percent More on Health Insurance Than They Did in 2007 “Data on consumer spending show that spending on health insurance surged 42 percent from 2007 to 2013, according to analysis by the Wall Street Journal. The rise reflects the increasing cost of health insurance and the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that everyone buy extensive health insurance. Another feature shown by the data is the movement away from home-ownership and associated costs. Families are more likely to rent than in 2007, so mortgage spending is down and rent spending is up. Some of the other categories where spending fell – ...

Chambliss and Isakson: Friends of Fannie and Freddie

One of Georgia's senators cosponsored an amendment to raise the federal home-loan guarantee limit, and both voted for it.  Georgia's Republican senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, crossed the aisle October 20 to provide necessary votes for a measure to increase Fannie's and Freddie's limits for home loan guarantees. The amendment to an appropriations bill required the support of 60 senators to avoid the Senate's bill-killing filibuster rule. All Democrats and both Independents voted for passage but were eight votes short. Eight Republicans--including Chambliss and Isakson--stepped into the breach, voted "yea" and the amendment ...

Town Hall Duo: Senators Chambliss and Isakson

Georgians called it like they saw it, when both senators came to town. The North Georgia town of Ellijay, known widely for its fall apple festival, drew a summer crowd of 300 or more on August 20, 2011. They came for a town hall meeting hosted by the Tea Party of Gilmer County. Both of Georgia's senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnnie Isakson, were there as part of their trek across the state to reconnect with constituents, face to face. Congress, meanwhile, was taking an annual break. A dozen-and-a-half questioners made it to the microphone during the 90-minute meeting. They were less interested in taking a freebie apple at the door than taking a ...