"It's as good as saying I die," said Stern, who lives in
Stern was among eight
Nelson said the plan would not only make health insurance more expensive for older Americans, as the
But the Trump administration and
If approved in its current form, the measure would generally lower health-care costs for the young and wealthy but dramatically increase costs for Americans 50 to 64 years old who are insured through the ACA, or Obamacare. According to an analysis by the
The increase is caused by two provisions in the House bill -- one that allows insurers to charge older Americans up to five times as much as younger people, and another that caps federal tax credits meant to help people 50 and older pay for the rising cost of health insurance.
Several of the residents said Obamacare has allowed them to get insurance they could not otherwise have afforded.
"My premium's pretty high because I've got multiple medical conditions that make it so I cannot work," Brown said. "But I'm afraid of losing this. I've done a lot of reading on this ... and the cost of my health care [under the
"He got his diploma just in time for
They only returned from
"If they shred [the current plan] like they're supposed to, we're going to be hightailing it out of here," she said, "because dealing with the health care [costs] and insurance makes you sick."
Another woman in her 50s, who asked to be identified only as Judy, said she wouldn't be able to afford insurance. Self-insured through the ACA, she said she wasn't happy with her premiums, but at least she could still afford them.
If the new plan passes, she said, "I'll just run into the emergency room every time I have a cold" -- a strategy that Nelson, the state's former insurance commissioner, said would increase costs for those who do have insurance.
Nelson vowed to take his constituents' stories back to
"I am going to be your voice," he said. "It's not right that people have to go with that nagging fear that you're going to get sick or have an accident and you're not going to have health care."
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