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Local reaction on health care bill passing House

Health Care Bill Local Reaction

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - For now, there are more questions than answers about "Trumpcare."  Many are wondering what will come from repealing and replacing Obamacare, so we asked a local health insurance group to weigh in.

"I think a lot of people are going to loose Medicaid coverage. I think probably some things will be better, some will be worse. I think the tax credit system will be somewhat better than the tax subsidy. But as far as loosing Medicaid I think that's a big deal," said Summer Westerbur, owner of Kairos Insurance Group.

Westerbur said another important thing to note is rates.

"The CBO said by 2026, rates will be 10 percent below where they are today if this current plan passes," Westerbur said.

We asked locals how they feel.

John Kalos, says he's against the move and calls the plan dangerous.

"I can see the wealthy having better care and the middle class fighting for any kind of health care and I think it's going to be a big problem honestly," he said.

Kalos added he thinks this is being done in spite of Obama.

"Simply to say that Obamacare is no good, rather than have a better answer for things," Kalos said.

Those who support the new health care plan say it's because of the rates they paid with Obamacare.

"Nobody could afford anything, I mean I'm lucky I'm still on my parent's insurance but if I wasn't I wouldn't qualify for any of the Obamacare so I'd be left with trying to find an insurer. I can't afford it, the rates are crazy," said Hannah Cobb.

Another local agreed.

"I've been paying a lot for years. It goes up and down," said Stephen Long.

While reactions are mixed, it's a huge victory for Republicans that now lies in the hands of the Senate.

"I think paying attention to the details right now, it's going to change a lot," Westerbur said.

The bill now heads to the Senate and needs 60 votes in order to pass back over to the House.

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