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The American Health Care Act And Possible Impact in North Carolina

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Monday, March 20, 2017

The Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act has critics even within the GOP. Experts say it may cost more and grow the number of uninsured. We take a closer look.

The Republicans' plan to repeal Obamacare and overhaul the nation’s health care system is out to mixed reviews. The bill, known as The American Health Care Act, would significantly alter the nation's current insurance system, with changes to coverage mandates and Medicaid.

As with any proposed legislation, there are likely winners and losers. Under the proposal, young people could benefit from cheaper policies, but older people would likely pay more.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that over the next decade, the number of uninsured Americans could grow to 24 million. President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are working to rally support for the health bill ahead of a full House vote expected sometime this week.

Though changes to the bill may be coming, Mike Collins and his guests look at where the proposal stands now and what impact it could have on the nation's health care system and on North Carolina.

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Rep. Patrick McHenry talking about the Republican health bill on Charlotte Talks.

Guests

Julie Rovner - Chief Washington Correspondent, Kaiser Health News (formerly health policy correspondent for NPR)

Blair Childs - Senior vice president, public affairs, Premier Inc., an alliance of healthcare providers

Donald Jonas - Executive Director of Care Ring, which provides health services to at-risk populations in the Charlotte area. He also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Blair College of Health at Queens University of Charlotte

Rep. Patrick McHenry - Republican U.S. Congressman serving the 10th District of North Carolina

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.