CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On Tuesday, House republicans have started pushing their new healthcare plan, a plan they believe will correct flaws they perceive in Obamacare.
"It's important that we make these changes," said Republican Representative Greg Walden. "These programs aren't sustainable the way they are, we have to restore power to the states and the authority to really take care of the people."
If passed, the American Health Care Act would effectively replace Obamacare.
Some changes: There would be no more requirement for people to be covered or pay a fine and Medicaid expansion would only stay in place for low-income families until 2020. But what will stay the same, is that people with pre-existing conditions will still have coverage, and people can still stay on their parents' insurance until they're 26.
"From seniors to children, their plan will gut coverage, force people to pay more with higher deductibles, and blow huge holes in state budgets," said Anthony Hayes of Save My Care Bus Tour.
Tuesday, the Save My Care Bus Tour stopped in Charlotte. It's a cross-country journey that opposes the repealing of the Affordable Care Act.
"We must not destroy the affordable care act," said Mecklenburg County Commissioner Trevor Fuller. "We can improve it, everything needs improvement."
Local leaders spoke to the media about their concerns of these potential changes. They're hoping their efforts can gain enough support that Congress votes against an Obamacare repeal.
"I'm very fearful that there are so many low-income people in our state and in our community that are not prepared for a shift away from Medicaid and other public sector programs," said Don Jonas.
The Bus Tour has already stopped in 20 states since launching last month in Washington, D.C.
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