Obamacare repeal is bad for our health -- Lexi Handrick

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Days before Donald Trump assumed the presidency in January, Zolbrod said that 10 to 15 percent of his clients are not getting Obamacare subsidies and are angry that their premiums have almost doubled and their deductibles have almost tripled from their pre-Obamacare amounts. They also could pass a measure that would repeal the current law without implementing a replacement.

During the procedural vote on the Senate floor, 50 Republicans voted yes and two GOP senators - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - voted no, along with the Senate's 48 Democrats. Instead, they got 49 votes.

Trump has also complained that three Republican senators voted with Democrats to block the way.

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Soaring prices and fewer choices may greet customers when they return to the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces this fall because insurers still don't know whether they will receive critical payments from the federal government. "It's about the 20 million Americans and counting who've gained the security and peace of mind of health insurance and the tens of millions more who benefited from upgrades like free preventive care, such as mammograms and vaccines and improvements in the quality of care in hospitals that have averted more than 100,000 deaths so far".

But whether or not key provisions of the ACA survive the "vote-a-rama" on health care amendments that, according to the Associated Press, are expected to last into the wee hours of Friday morning, local residents will feel the results, or lack thereof. "The Affordable Care Act has made America stronger and healthier, but there will always be more work to do". Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, who had not assured the Senate of his vote prior to the tally. The vote was 49-51 with three Republicans joining all Democrats in voting 'no'. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, majority leader, urged fellow senators not to let this moment slip by.

McConnell put the health bill on hold and announced that the Senate would move onto other legislation next week.