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Trump Voters Worried About Future Of Health Care

| by Michael Allen
Ellaville, Georgia, SignEllaville, Georgia, Sign

Some supporters of President Donald Trump in Ellaville, Georgia, are concerned about the future of health care, but do not like Obamacare, even though some of them benefit from it.

Kenneth Peek, a 64-year-old resident who has seen his health insurance premiums rise (set by the insurance companies, not Obamacare), told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he voted for Trump so that "he gets this old country straightened out."

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Peek is currently paying $281 a month for health insurance under Obamacare because he gets $11,172 in government tax credits. But under the GOP's plan, that tax credit would go down to $4,000.

"The way they talked it was supposed to be better," Peek told the newspaper.

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He recalled what he says his father told him years ago: "Anything the government gets involved in, it’s going south."

Blake Yelverton, another local, said: "I don’t believe it’s the federal government’s job to provide health care. It’s communism, socialism anyway."

Yelverton is hoping Trump trashes government involvement in health care completely, but sided with the GOP plan over Obamacare: "They’re doing a lesser evil [form] of Obamacare."

Yelverton added, "I’m on my parents’ [health insurance] plan."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution told the 23-year-old how that was made possible because of Obamacare.

"I haven’t been to the doctor in four or five years," Yelverton responded.

Yelverton said that many people in Atlanta think his small town is populated with "straight up hicks down here."

Joel Veatch, the owner of a local grocery store and a Trump supporter, is upset about the wide difference in charges between hospitals for the same stress test.

"If there’s that much variance in cost, then something’s wrong," Veatch said.

However, the new GOP plan does not include price caps.

Republican state Rep. Butch Parrish said: "The devil is in the details, and we haven’t gotten all the details yet. We’re not sure where this is going to take us."

Republican state Rep. Dominic LaRiccia added: "Our concerns are the same as the people we serve. What happens now?"

The newspaper notes that if the current House Republican health care plan is made into law, thousands of Georgians who voted for Trump could be iced out of thousands in tax credits that help them buy health insurance.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution analyzed information from the Kaiser Family Foundation, and found that the people taking the biggest hit will be those 60 to 64 years old who earn between $20,000 and $40,000 annually; these people do not qualify for Medicare, which only covers those 65 and over.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the House Republican plan could lead to 24 million people losing their health insurance coverage.

House Speaker Paul Ryan told "Fox News Sunday" on March 19 that there would be changes to the plan, which is expected to be voted on soon, notes The Washington Post.

"We think that we should be offering even more assistance than what the bill currently does," Ryan said.

Sources: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Michael Rivera/Wikimedia Commons

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