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McCaskill, locals weigh in on healthcare bill

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McCaskill rallied healthcare providers, the elderly, and those with disabilities on Saturday. (KCTV) McCaskill rallied healthcare providers, the elderly, and those with disabilities on Saturday. (KCTV)
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Senator Claire McCaskill says that the Affordable Care Act isn't perfect, but she advocates for fixing it instead of replacing it with something she says will harm too many Americans.

“There are a lot of problems in the ACA, in Obamacare,” McCaskill said. “They were capitalizing on those problems politically, but they weren't prepared with a solution.”

McCaskill rallied healthcare providers, the elderly, and those with disabilities on Saturday at the Samuel Rodgers Health Center in KC.

They’re all concerned about what proposed legislation in Congress means for healthcare coverage.

Cathy Enfield, who lives with a disability that affects her speech, uses an iPad to help her communicate and depends upon Medicaid.

“If Medicaid is cut or capped or block granted, I and many others just like me will lose our support,” Enfield said.

Aaron Tyler was diagnosed with Crohn's disease before Obamacare came around. He said, because of his preexisting condition, he was dropped from his father’s health insurance.

“Most insurance companies denied me flat out,” he said. “One quoted me around $2,500 a month.”

Senator McCaskill worries about a waiver provision in the bill that says any state can waive essential benefits. That leaves people with preexisting conditions feeling insecure.

“The first time I ended up in the hospital, I'd rack up $200,000 to $300,000 worth of debt that I wouldn't be able to pay,” Tyler explained.

Tyler hopes all sides will come together to find a compromise that helps take care of all Americans.

“Going back to a free market system where those who aren't profitable to cover are just thrown to the wayside is not a solution,” Tyler said.

Democrats are unanimously against the proposed healthcare legislation. That means Republicans can only afford to lose two supporters if they want it to pass.

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