East Texans voice concerns on proposed healthcare bill

East Texans voice concerns on proposed healthcare bill
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Less than 24 hours ago, House Republicans unveiled the American Health Care Plan which is hoped to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Representative Kevin Brady addressed questions on the new proposal in a press conference Tuesday in Washington, D.C.. Brady represents counties in East Texas.

"Contrast this to the Affordable Care Act, 2,400 pages written in the dark of night and rushed to congress. This legislation is a little over 100 pages and every American can read and understand it," Brady said.

East Texans who woke up to the news have voiced their issues to the new measure.

"I'm really concerned that the program that they're trying to race through and get an approval on is a much worse deal than what we have now," said Drew Wenner, a Nacogdoches resident.

Legal expert, Brenda Willet, took an in-depth look on the changes with the new proposal. She said there are several key takeaways.
First, premiums will go up because the 10-percent cap limit is lifted. Next, there is no way to fund paying for healthcare or appeal insurance denials.

"Although you hear on TV the pre-existing conditions is preserved, that's not true. I've read the bill," Willett said. "There are now many situations in which insurance companies can impose pre-existing conditions."

Willett said this change can require patients to pay premiums for years before it would ever cover pre-existing conditions.

Meanwhile, the elimination of Obamacare has irked Donna Todd who said she wanted to see an improvement with ACA. With this proposal, she said the changes are not looking good.

"The most important point about the new Republican plan is that it is going to deny service to millions of Americans. They will lose their insurance coverage and that it is vastly more unfair to sick, to the poor and to older Americans," Todd said.

House committees are expected to vote on the proposal Wednesday.

If the proposal is approved, Representative Brady also said control will now be given back to the states who will have the power to decide how to setup healthcare.

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