Sen. Isakson speaks in Augusta

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The “seamless transition” being made by veterans between U.S. Department of Defense and Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta is “the template for every city in America,” U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson said Monday after a stop at Fort Gordon.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson spoke to Kiwanis Club.  Jackie Ricciardi
Jackie Ricciardi
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson spoke to Kiwanis Club.

The Augusta community’s ability to handle defense department-to-veteran care is “the example of how to do it right,” Isakson said.

In Augusta to commemorate an expansion at the National Security Agency facility at Fort Gordon, Isakson touched on caring for veterans, fixing the economy and improving Congress’ approval rating when he made brief remarks to the downtown Augusta Kiwanis Club.

To improve the economy, Isakson said, “the American people are ready for tough love.”

The fixes include cutting entitlements, such as getting America out of the “fee-for-service business” that drives the health care system, and reforming Medicare and Social Security.

Resolving the $15 trillion federal debt will require more than cutting spending, however; it also requires the nation to “change our revenue system” by implementing fairer tax rates, said Isakson, one of five Republicans to vote for the Simpson Bowles Act, which would eliminate most tax deductions.

“America will turn into the strongest economy in the world,” he said about implementing those changes.

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