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By Len Kiese - bio | email

NEWTON, GA (WALB) - One of Georgia's U.S. Senators says we should not expect a compromise on health care reform any time soon.  He says there seems to be more than give than take to come up with a compromise on the hot-button issue.

Johnny Isakson doesn't like the plan proposed by President Obama. He doesn't support a government-run insurance option but says he does want to find other ways to insure Americans who don't have affordable health insurance.

"To destroy the system that insures 86-percent to get it to 14 just isn't the right way to do it. I don't think the government's intent, the founding father's intent of government, was to go into every business the private sector is in. We should be a regulatory body making sure the playing field is level," said Isakson.

Isakson proposes associated health plans where people of similar professions band together across state lines to create larger pools of insurance customers. He says that could solve up a third of the uninsured problem. He says at least another third aren't enrolled in programs like Medicare for which they are eligible.

While Senator Isakson is on recess, he's holding town hall meetings several issues. At a meeting in Baker County Monday afternoon, people voiced concerns on everything from abortion to TORT reform.

There was also a focus on agriculture. Lucius Adkins with the Georgia Farm Bureau says farmers are concerned about losing water in the tri-state water battle and the possibility of rising energy costs with the Cap and Trade bill.

"The best case scenario I think is that it's going to raise the cost of electricity 35-percent and we once survived without electricity but I don't think we're ready to do that again," said Adkins.

Senator Isakson is scheduled to meet with Dougherty County school leaders Tuesday morning.

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