"What it tells me -- we need to brace for more individuals uninsured in
Analysts with the
"When you have a bill that says 14 million individuals less having health care, when we work so hard to get folks covered across the county, it's a little deflating," Rey said. "A lot of hard work has been put in
A major goal of Obamacare has been to provide coverage for the uninsured. But President
"Our focus is to continue to educate folks who still have ACA. They still have coverage until
Since the enrollment process got underway in 2014, Rey said, Cumberland HealthNET has enrolled 246 people into Obamacare. Currently, 47 individuals are enrolled through the program.
"We're still here," Dixon said, "and we have all the uninsured patients Obamacare is supposed to help. But it didn't help the poor, and it didn't help the homeless. And they didn't get it."
The Affordable Care Act may have helped people of
Dixon said she would have to read the proposed bill before deciding if she were in favor of the legislation.
"I would need to look at it," she said. "I'm on board with no penalties. I'm on board if they don't want it, they don't have to buy it. I'm on board if they can keep a doctor if they want them."
She falls among those who believe Obamacare has been a disaster. That opinion, she said, has been formed through her work as a nurse and seeing her population of clients still uninsured.
"When they say 'Insurance for all,' who does that mean?" she asked, rhetorically. "It's not insuring the homeless, and it's not the poor. Some of the working patients choose to be exempt and come here. Our office is privately funded, and we take care of them. We've definitely pushed to get them Obamacare. We want our patients to have insurance."
"We found it very concerning, but not surprising," Riley said. "Based on the design of the American Health Care Act, it's not shocking to see major losses in coverage nationwide and across
"There are people concerned about preexisting conditions. They might not be covered under the life-saving treatment," Curry said. "Affordability and being able to maintain life-saving care they're able to get through the Affordable Care Act -- those are the main things now people are concerned about."
Unlike critics of the Affordable Care Act, Curry said, it has not been her experience that Obamacare is an utter failure.
"I feel like the Affordable Care Act has strengths and weaknesses," she said. "The plan they're proposing now has its strengths and weaknesses. How it will play out in public, I'm not sure. Maybe for some, it would be beneficial. But looking at the big picture, it seems from the data it would be more harmful for a majority of the people."
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