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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Isakson working to repeal 'Obamacare'

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is working on five bills to repeal parts of the new "terribly flawed" health care law.

"The health care law will have a devastating impact on our nation," Isakson said. "The tax increases in this bill will be massive, immediate and couldn't come at a worse time for families and small businesses. The policy mandates in this bill are being challenged by states and rejected by voters. I will work to fight this law every step of the way."

Isakson is co-sponsoring the American Liberty Restoration Act, which would strike a requirement for individuals to buy health insurance, and the American Job Protection Act, which would no longer require employers to provide health insurance.

Another bill is aimed at preventing the coverage of abortion services, one would remove bureaucrats from making decisions on senior health care, and the final would eliminate a tax reporting burden on small businesses that would require separate 1099 forms for every business transaction of more than $600.

Final debate held

Constituents in Georgia House District 102 got an opportunity to hear from those seeking the GOP nomination in Tuesday's runoff.

Sponsored by the Lilburn Community Improvement District, the forum last week at Lilburn City Hall featured candidates Linda Carsten and B.J. Pak. The hopefuls answered questions concerning the attributes, challenges and future of the Lilburn CID area.

Following the six-question debate, candidates for Commission District 2 were given two minutes to address the audience. Keith Shewbert and Lynette Howard, candidates seeking the Republican nomination in Tuesday's runoff, and Democrat nominee Robert Lee Byars briefly described their mission statements if elected.

Publisher J.K. Murphy contributed to this report.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.