Mixed Reaction to Possible Affordable Care Act Repeal

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Thursday, the House voted to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and make sweeping changes to how the country will receive health care.

In March, the legislation had to be pulled from the House Floor because it didn’t have enough support.

Thursday, the bill passed 217 yes, 213 against.

Under the American Health Care Act, states can choose to opt out of requiring coverage of mental health services, prescription drugs and maternity care.

In Burlington, those on Church Street Thursday afternoon had mixed feelings about President Trump’s first big legislative win.

Burlington resident Tim Stickle says repealing certain provisions from the ACA is problematic.

“These things don’t affect me personally, but nonetheless I still think it’s misguided. Moreover, repealing coverage or eliminating coverage or really doing a slight of hand on pre-existing conditions creating pools that the states distribute…people will not have access to care, that will still be limited,” said Stickle.

Katharine Houde knows how big medical bills can get.

“My dad actually almost died when I was ten, and was in a coma for seven weeks and is a cancer survivor. So we’ve been through…we hit $2 million in medical bills, but most of ours was covered and we have private insurance,” said Houde.

Though she doesn’t have Obamacare, Houde says some of those who do are taking advantage of it.

“I like the idea of everybody having access to healthcare, but I think Obamacare was very poorly implemented and cost a lot of the middle class people a lot of money for people that don’t work as hard for it” said Houde.

The bill now heads to the Senate where President Trump says he’s confident it will pass.

Many in the Senate believe it could take weeks of negotiation before a vote happens.

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