Central New York, Government, Health

New Healthcare Bill Worries Central New Yorker

Republican Senators look to pass the latest Healthcare Bill.

By Sarah Minkewicz SYRACUSE N.Y. (NCC News) – Republican Senators are in a race against the clock to pass the latest health care proposal. They are trying to pass the bill before the July 4th recess.

Senators have remained secretive over the fine details of the proposal, but what is known is that it will repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act. This was former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, popularly known as ObamaCare.

Rebecca Elingston, an SU student, relies heavily on ObamaCare. She has an autoimmune disease and is constantly going to the hospital for check ups and receives large amounts of medication. Recently, she’s been trying to get a new wheelchair, something that would cost her $10,000 without insurance. She says she’s worried if her healthcare changes she won’t be able to afford that wheelchair.

“Nobody really cares about healthcare unless it’s something that happens to  you,” Elingston said.

Not everyone is against some change with healthcare.

“I think the discussion is good, to have the people talking about healthcare more  and discussing possibilities and discussing different directions we can go in in the future,” SU student George Jiao said. “I guess we’ll have to wait and see.”

White House officials say Senators could reveal the latest draft of the healthcare bill by Thursday and start voting on it as early as next week.