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The American Health Care Act: the ACA's replacement

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump is one step closer to fulfilling one of his campaign promises: repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

The new plan is called "The American Health Care Act", and while their goal is to repeal and replace, some say that it could reduce the number of people who are insured.

"The president and the administration believe that this is a step in the right direction," said Tom Price, Health and Human Services Secretary.

After two months of crafting, The American Health Care Act was revealed.

"It follows the guidelines I laid out in my congressional address," said President Trump. "A plan that will lower costs, expand choices, increase competition, and ensure health care access for all Americans."

Some of the changes in the new health care proposition include that it would not be required for people to get coverage, although for those who don't, there would be a 30% surcharge. It would get rid of subsidies that help low-income people purchase insurance, and replace it with limited tax credits based on age. 

But one of the biggest changes would be that Medicaid would be frozen at current levels, leaving some congressmen in opposition.

"I could not oppose this bill in stronger terms," said Senator Patty Murray, "and I am going to be doing everything I can to fight back against it."

"This proposal would kick 600,000 Washingtonians off Medicaid unless the state can come up with $1.3 billion," said Governor Jay Inslee, "a burden that would be borne entirely by the state's taxpayers."

Some things that would stay the same would be that companies can't charge more for people with pre-existing conditions, and parents can have their children on their insurance until they are 26.

Now while the new plan has been revealed, Republicans do say that this proposal may not be the final version.

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