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Texans assess proposed ACA replacement

The Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would eliminate the mandate requiring individuals to carry insurance and also replace federal income-based subsidies intended to help people purchase insurance with refundable tax credits, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Vivian Ho, director of the Center for Health and Biosciences, says the proposed bill might prompt those who cannot afford health insurance to allow their coverage lapse, which will lead to a sicker general population and increase overall insurance costs.

“I fear people will be left out,” Ho said. “We're already drowning in a diabetes epidemic. We're drowning in a hypertension epidemic. The whole point of the ACA was to raise the next generation of healthier Americans.”

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