Rep. Blackburn discusses healthcare ahead of Pres. Trump's visit


When President Donald Trump takes the state to talk about the new GOP Health Care Plan Wednesday one of the speakers joining him will be Congressman Marsha Blackburn.

Blackburn said the legislation is still a work in progress.

"There are some good things in it and there are some things we're still working through," Blackburn said.

The Congressman supports the new plan's removal of the Health Care Mandate and coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Blackburn said Congress is still debating whether to let insurance companies charge seniors 5 times more than younger policy holders under the plan.

"This is one of those areas of discussion where discussion is continuing," Blackburn said. "As we get to a final product we'll see more discussion."

The GOP plan is facing new criticism this week after the Congressional Budget Office issued a report predicting the plan would lead to 14 million people having no health care.

Opponents held a press conference in Nashville Tuesday to voice their concerns. Kristen Grimm was among them.

Her son has had health problems since birth and has benefited from existing Affordable Care Act protections.

"My main concern is my son will not have a way to have affordable health care when he goes out on his own," Grimm said.

The new health care plan does include some of the ACA's protections, but opponents worry it will still leave many with no options when Congress passes it.

"My goal in all of this is to make sure everyone has access to affordable health care," Blackburn said.

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