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Michigan residents worried about losing health care

Posted at 7:13 AM, Jan 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-05 07:53:05-05

Almost 900,000 people in Michigan have health care through the affordable care act, but once president-elect Donald Trump takes office on January 20th, they might not have it for much longer.

Daniel Pratt is one of those who has insurance thanks to the affordable care act, and he says if it were repealed...

"We wouldn't be able to afford health care. We just physically couldn't do it. It would be crushing financially."

Pratt is self-employed, and his wife left her job to take care of their daughter, which means insurance isn't a possibility if it isn't through Obamacare.

"By the time you figure in a mortgage, you know, we have a four year old, groceries, and auto insurance, and car payments, there isn't any room left for $800 a month," describes Pratt. "I mean that's a mortgage payment! That's where you're living."

Others, like Dave O'Hare expect Obamacare to be repealed. But he knows people who have their insurance through affordable care act with cancer, who desperately need their health care.

"I don't know what's going to happen with them, and that really does concern me," says O'Hare.

He believes that there should be a change. What a replacement looks like, though? He isn't sure.

"The whole thing about pre-existing conditions, I hope that's part of the replace. If it isn't I think we're gonna have--a lot of people are going to be in a world of hurt."

Groups like the Michigan League of Public Policy say Michigan shows how successful the affordable care act can be and hope it's remodeled, rather than repealed.

"We're hoping that congress and president-elect Trump will look to Michigan as a model to see where this actually worked out okay," says Gilda Jacobs of the MLPP.

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