"They say it's repeal and replace," said
As proposed by
"That's a little scary that people who have something are probably going to end up losing," said
Schober's low income as a part-time child care worker earned her
"I don't open them anymore," she said.
Analysts have predicted that states would cut
Zacharda, 63, is a Trump voter with a lawn care and snowplow business who could end up with higher costs. Income-based subsidies shaved his monthly premium this year to
Going without coverage
The mixed reactions in
Political reactions are varied as well.
"He believes, unlike the lawmakers who passed Obamacare, it is important to know what is in a bill before we vote on it," said Emmer spokeswoman
The breakfast group in
Reactions were simpler for those without insurance: Anything is better than what they can't afford now.
"That's only one month of insurance," said Belanger, 30, a Trump supporter who skipped recent treatment for what he figures was a broken knuckle.
Around the corner from the cafe, travel agent
"It's really scary," she said.
Anderson, who expects to pay thousands in federal mandate penalties, hopes Trump's approach will help. "He's a businessman. I really think he could do some good things with health care," she said.
Penalties, higher premiums
The insurance mandate would be replaced under the
But it would give insurers the ability to raise premiums fivefold on older adults, who tend to be more expensive and more frequent users of their benefits. Current restrictions only allow plans to triple premiums on this age group.
The 61-year-old, who wrote in
But if profits are lean at a time when the
"I just won't get insurance," she said.
A likely beneficiary of the Republican plan would be
Already benefiting from a subsidy that reduces his premium for an individual health plan, Brust would likely see costs go down. The Kaiser analysis predicts savings for younger, low-income workers under the
A disgruntled voter who wrote in "Judge Judy" on his presidential ballot, Brust said the extra money would help, given child support and other expenses. But he said it would feel odd if older, needier members of his community saw their costs go up or lost insurance altogether.
"That," he said, "is pretty messed up."
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