Health plan needs time to evolve

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They're sending a message from the plains to The Hill that they're opposed to a plan to upend the system. But Americans undergo expensive surgeries all the time without the ability to shop around.

Cassidy reportedly warned of the effects of Republicans passing a bill to replace Obamacare that would result in some Americans losing coverage. We can not sit on our hands and hope that Obamacare will improve.

Congress needs to hear real stories from real people like me. Kentuckians continue to suffer from dramatic premium and deductible costs. Analysts are already saying that millions will lose their health insurance because of expected higher costs.

Obamacare has become a mess in Kentucky, just like it has across the nation.

Approximately 85 percent of Affordable Care Act enrollments, or 9.4 million people, received subsidies as of March 2016, with the average credit coming to about $291 per month, or close to $3,500 annually, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In short, from those who would not be able to afford the insurance, even with the subsidies offered by the Republican plan.

Oklahoma is one such state with a significant rural population.

The Libby provisions, as theyre called, have benefited thousands of people. In order to protect these families, the time to act is now.

The Republican plan will be bad for some people and good for others.

The Republicans led the fight to repeal Obamacare. The bill aims to increase freedom and choice for customers while also restoring power to the states and moving health care decisions out of Washington.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates removing Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider would save $178 million in spending.

And on Wednesday, a coalition, including some 600 church members representing 14 western states, gathered in Denver to urge elected officials to vote against the bill.

Trump did promise that he would not cut Medicare or Social Security and he did promise that he would provide health care for everyone ... wait, no, he promised "access" to healthcare. It also lowers the federal deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars. I am among the many who support this move, but I do not support repeal-and-replace. I think we need to take profit making out of health care and it should all be run as a nonprofit system with robust research, decent salaries and reasonable costs for all.

President Trump and members of his administration have made promises it is hard, if not impossible, to keep.

To stop passage of this bill, we need to act now.

But one Republican senator now appears to be siding more closely with Democrats when it comes to whether health care is a "right" or "privilege".

He repeatedly lauded President Trump's effort to garner support among congressional Republicans.

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