Georgia results shake up Democrats' potential health agenda
If both Democrats ultimately pull off wins in Georgia's Senate races, they'll secure a narrow Democratic majority and increase the odds that significant health care legislation could become law.
Driving the news: Democrat Raphael Warnock defeated Republican Kelly Loeffler for one of the Senate seats, AP called early this morning. A winner has not yet been declared in the race between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican David Perdue.
What they're saying: The Kaiser Family Foundation's Larry Levitt yesterday tweeted a list of health policies that Democrats may enact with a Senate majority:
- Nullifying the pending GOP lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act
- Making ACA premiums more affordable
- Incentivizing states to expand Medicaid
- Allowing the government to negotiate drug prices
- Eliminating cost-sharing for coronavirus treatment
The other side: If Republicans end up holding one of the Georgia Senate seats, there's still the possibility of bipartisan compromise. But that is an entirely different — and much narrower — policy universe.