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WNC divided on failed GOP health bill

“The plan they had kicked 24 million people off of health insurance," Vijay Kapoor said. "And, as someone whose family gets that, as one of those 24 million people, it's outrageous to me they would handle it the way they did.” (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A local father was relieved Friday, when Republican leaders abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes.

Vijay Kapoor, 40, who is a married father of two, lives in south Asheville and owns his own small business as a economic consultant to cities. Insuring his family costs $1,100 a month through the Affordable Care Act, but he said he’s happy to pay for the coverage.

“My feeling today was really of both relief and resolve,” Kapoor said. “Relief in the sense my family is going to continue to get health care coverage.”

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Kapoor vows to continue advocating for universal health care coverage. He thinks one of the main reasons Republicans failed to pass their proposed reform is because they tried to rush it through.

“When the ACA was passed, there were 13 months of debate,” Kapoor said. “Trumpcare, Ryancare, whatever you want to call it, it died in 17 days, and that tells me everything I need to know about this issue.”

At Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care in West Asheville, Sandy Green was waiting on her boyfriend. She said she was disappointed the ACA survived.

“Honestly, I was always against it. I did not vote for Obama because of it,” Green said. “Where I've always worked, it's always been there with your job. That's what I would prefer is to just have it through the job.”

Many businesses must now offer employees insurance because of a mandate tied to the ACA.

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Jackie Kiger, with Pisgah Legal Services, was concerned about the fate Medicaid if the GOP's health care plan had passed.

“The Medicaid program as we know it would have been devastated,” Kiger said.

In the three years he's had insurance, Kapoor is thankful his family's never had an emergency. While he said he has a high deductible, as an independent business owner, he's thankful the Republican's proposal failed.

“The plan they had kicked 24 million people off of health insurance," he said. "And, as someone whose family gets that, as one of those 24 million people, it's outrageous to me they would handle it the way they did.”

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