In a stunning turn of events, Friday the republican effort to replace the affordable healthcare act fell apart. They were unable to get enough votes from their own party and were forced to pull the plug on their bill.
Many are wondering what’s next for their healthcare plans.
President Donald Trump said Obamacare is imploding and will soon explode, but democrats are breathing a sigh of relief and so are the 126,000 central Texans who enrolled in health insurance through the marketplace in 2017.
“The idea that Trump’s very rushed “Trump care” was not taken through, wasn’t passed is a great relief to me,” said Austin musician Eric Gutierrez.
Gutierrez tells CBS Austin he depends on Obamacare and the assistance of (HAAM), the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians) for his healthcare.
“I am able to not pay any kind of monthly payment so it really helps us musicians out,” Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez was one of many following Friday’s decision out of Washington, and Foundation Communities director Elizabeth Colvin said he and anyone else enrolled in the marketplace can rest easy for the remainder of 2017.
“They have a contract in place for the whole year so they can be confident whatever they paid last month is what they’re going to owe for the rest of the year,” Colvin said.
Gutierrez, now 33-years-old said he plans to take advantage of that.
“I need to go to the dentist and get a physical, and all those expenses I can chalk up for gear I need to buy you know for gigging, gas, rent, the normal things,” Gutierrez said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday “We will be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future”, and added premiums will skyrocket. Colvin disagrees.
“The question is why would they skyrocket – that’s not happening in isolation, that would be insurance companies making a decision to raise their rates,” Colvin said.
Colvin called today a “temporary victory” as president trump said he was open to tackling health care…