Repeal of Health Law Faces a New Hurdle: Older Americans

Congressman Greg Walden (R), chair of one of the House committees which is developing a bill to repeal Obamacare, holding a press conference

From the New York Times

WASHINGTON — Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act have encountered a new obstacle: adamant opposition from many older Americans whose health insurance premiums would increase.

AARP and its allies are bombarding congressional offices with objections as two House committees plan to vote on the Republicans’ bill this week.

If the law is repealed, the groups say, people in their 50s and 60s could see premiums rise by $2,000 to $3,000 a year or more: increases of 20 percent to 25 percent or higher.

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