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Georgia Republican Karen Handel: Health Care Not Issue (Photo)

| by Michael Allen
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Republican candidate Karen Handel, who is running in the most expensive House race in U.S. history, said health care is not much of an issue with voters in Georgia's sixth district.

During an interview with Breitbart News, Handel insisted that voters were more concerned that Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff lives outside the district:

It hasn’t been that much of an issue on the ground. For voters in the 6th district, the biggest issue is that Jon Ossoff is from outside the district. ... He’s completely aligned with [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi … [Democrats] want someone who will march lockstep with the liberal mantra.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution recently polled likely voters in the congressional district, and found that more than 80 percent believe health care is an "extremely important" or "very important" issue.

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Ninety-four percent of likely voters said they were "extremely concerned" or "very concerned" about the cost of health care.

Only 1 in 4 approved of the American Health Care Act, the plan that Republicans have proposed in the past to replace Obamacare. One-half of Republican voters said they support the GOP plan, which will allow states (via waivers) to bring pre-existing conditions back to health insurance plans.

According to the newspaper, Handel has stated that she is "committed to working toward a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare that works for all Americans," while Ossoff said the House GOP replacement health plan "puts Georgians’ lives at risk."

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Back at Breitbart News, Handel said the most important issues among these voters were "veterans issues, transportation infrastructure, the fight against terrorism, [the] budget, and the economy -- kitchen-table issues."

The Atlanta Journal Constitution noted the other voter issues were government spending, taxes, legal abortion and transportation.

Handel warned Breitbart News that Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California wanted to somehow take Georgia’s sixth district seat: "I think it’s going to go well for me and for Republicans. We will show the country, and all the eyes on the district, that Nancy Pelosi is not going to come into the district and steal the seat out from under us."

According to The Associated Press, Ossoff is a 30-year-old former congressional staffer and documentary filmmaker, while Handel is a 55-year-old statewide and local elected official.

Handel made news in 2012 when she was an executive with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and advocated the organization cut its support of Planned Parenthood, which it did, but then restored it after public outrage.

While Handel doesn't mention President Donald Trump much, he did tweet for her, notes The Hill:

KAREN HANDEL FOR CONGRESS. She will fight for lower taxes, great healthcare strong security-a hard worker who will never give up! VOTE TODAY

Democrat Jon Ossoff, who wants to raise your taxes to the highest level and is weak on crime and security, doesn't even live in district.

Big day tomorrow in Georgia and South Carolina. ObamaCare is dead. Dems want to raise taxes big! They can only obstruct, no ideas. Vote "R."

Sources: Breitbart NewsAtlanta Journal Constitution, AP, The Hill / Photo credit: PixabayMMAFightFan/Wikimedia Commons

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