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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Isaias continues to bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds over the northwestern Bahamas. Tropical storm conditions are close to the east coast of Florida.

At 8 a.m. Sunday, the center of the storm was 40 miles east-southeast of West Palm Beach and 155 miles south-southeast of Cape Canaveral.

Isaias is moving toward the northwest near 8 mph. A general northwestward motion is expected today, followed by a north-northwestward motion tonight.

A turn toward the north and north-northeast is anticipated on Monday and Tuesday with an increase in forward speed.

On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move near or over the east coast of Florida Sunday through late Sunday night.

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On Monday and Tuesday, the center of Isaias will move from offshore of the coast of Georgia into the southern mid-Atlantic states.

Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicated that the maximum sustained winds remain near 65 mph with higher gusts.

Little change in strength is expected during the next couple of days.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.

During the past couple of hours, a wind gust to 55 mph was reported at Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, and a Weatherflow observing site at Junno Beach Pier, Florida, measured a wind gust to 47 mph.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  • Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach Florida
  • Edisto Beach South Carolina to Cape Fear North Carolina

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Hallandale Beach Florida to South Santee River South Carolina
  • Lake Okeechobee

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • North of South Santee River South Carolina to Surf City North Carolina

Interests elsewhere along the southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts of the United States should monitor the progress of Isaias. Additional watches or warnings may be required later Sunday.

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David Perdue is the latest GOP senator to lie about his record on health care

Perdue, a first-term senator facing a tough reelection race in November against Democrat Jon Ossoff, voted in 2017 to repeal Obamacare, including its mandate the people with preexisting conditions must be covered by insurance policies.

In January 2019, Perdue said that "of course" he wanted a GOP-spearheaded lawsuit aimed at striking down the health care law to succeed.

In April 2019, he joined other Republicans in supporting the "Protect Act," a bill he claimed "protects Americans with preexisting conditions."

Shortly after it was introduced, analysts noted that, while its sponsors say that the act "guarantees coverage for pre-existing conditions and prohibits insurance companies from excluding coverage of treatments for a patient's pre-existing condition," other provisions of the Protect Act undercut that guarantee.

Sarah Lueck, a senior analyst with the nonpartisan Center on Budget Policies and Priorities, noted that the Protect Act would allow insurance companies to

  • exclude coverage of essential health benefits — such as maternity coverage, mental health care, and substance use treatment — as many plans did before the ACA;
  • impose annual and lifetime limits on how much they will pay out (in large employer plans as well as individual-market and small business coverage);
  • sell plans with no limit on how much enrollees could owe in out-of-pocket costs if they get sick (another change that would affect large employer plans as well as the individual and small-group markets);
  • charge higher premiums based on non-health factors that can strongly correlate to health risk, including gender; and
  • charge older people (most of whom have pre-existing conditions) far more, compared to younger people, than the ACA allows.

For example, under the Protect Act, a cancer patient could not be denied health care coverage, but the coverage could exclude prescription medications used to treat the cancer. Additionally, health insurance companies would be allowed to put lifetime caps on benefits, leaving patients with large medical bills after the cap was hit.

The Cook Political Report calls the race between Perdue and Ossoff one of six toss-ups in the 2020 election. Analysts at Inside Elections rated the race "Likely Republican" in January, but in their latest evaluation, in July, rated it "Tilt Republican."

In addition to Perdue, two other Republicans facing tough races have lied about their positions on health insurance mandates regarding preexisting conditions.

In July, a campaign ad for Montana Sen. Steve Daines claimed, "Steve Daines will protect Montanans with preexisting conditions and fight for lower prescription drug prices." Daines joined Perdue in voting to eliminate Obamacare in 2017.

Arizona Sen. Martha McSally, who as a House member in 2017 voted to repeat Obamacare as well, has repeatedly lied about her position on the issue, stating in a July campaign ad, "I will always protect those with preexisting conditions." Politifact rated the claim as "False."

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

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