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Dear Friends,

This week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the government on King v. Burwell, a challenge to the Obamacare subsidies that are at the heart of this health care law. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court failed to recognize how terribly flawed Obamacare is for millions of Americans suffering under the law’s health insurance premium spikes, new taxes and intrusive mandates. Despite this action by the Supreme Court I will continue to work with my Senate colleagues to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The Affordable Care Act continues to raise the cost of health insurance around the country, and many Americans have lost their preferred insurance plans. We need commonsense solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care through competition and choice, rather than imposing job-killing mandates and penalties on the American people. 

Healthcare Access
To address one of the many unintended consequences from a provision in the Affordable Care Act, I introduced the Access to Independent Health Insurance Advisors Act (S.1661) that will protect Americans who are navigating the market to buy health insurance by giving insurance agents and brokers the ability to assist consumers in finding the best health coverage to meet their needs. Read more about my legislation to address medical loss ratio.

Gay Marriage
The Supreme Court also issued a ruling on gay marriage, saying that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. I am disappointed in the ruling and disagree with its premise that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.

Trade Promotion Authority
Our state relies on 1.2 million jobs that come from international trade. The Trade Priorities and Accountability Act is good for Georgia’s agriculture, the Port of Savannah and Georgia’s manufacturing and business.

This legislation provides for unprecedented congressional oversight of the trade agreement negotiating process and it bars the president from entering into any agreement without further congressional action. Under this legislation, Congress retains the authority to either approve any trade agreement, or determine that an agreement will not benefit the United States and vote it down. Without Congress setting out clear negotiating objectives, the president could negotiate a trade deal without Congressional input or oversight.

Wounded Warriors
It was an honor and inspiration to visit with so many of amazing men and women who were injured while fighting for our nation. They traveled to Washington, D.C., this week with their families to compete in the Department of Defense’s Warrior Games. 

Workplace Wellness
Last week, I joined my Republican Senate colleagues by calling on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to make significant changes to the agency’s proposed rule on workplace wellness programs. I question why the EEOC is making this program more difficult rather than empowering American workers and employers to work together to reward healthy choices.

Private companies should be encouraged to promote health and wellness among their employees through voluntary incentives such as premium discounts, and I applaud companies that already put these programs in place to help cut costs for employees.

What’s on Tap?

After the Independence Day recess, the Senate will begin consideration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which will begin putting education progress and decisions back in the hands of parents, teachers, and state and local governments. The legislation passed unanimously out of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on April 16, 2015.

I hope that everyone has a safe and wonderful Independence Day weekend. I am so grateful to live in this great nation and look forward to celebrating and remembering the ideals upon which our nation is founded. Thank you to all our veterans and the men and women in uniform who work each day to protect our liberties and freedoms. May God bless them and may God bless America. 

Sincerely,
Johnny Isakson