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Bergman talks GOP health care plan at telephone town hall

Northern Michigan’s Congressman says he’s just now getting a chance to look at the details of a new Republican health care plan. But Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet) sounded upbeat talking about it during a telephone town hall he hosted on Tuesday night. 

It was hours after fellow House Republicans unveiled their plans for replacing the Affordable Care Act.

“The American Health Care Act … is going to ensure that number one everybody is able to get health care,” Bergman said.

During the hour-long telephone town hall, Bergman took a question from a woman from the Upper Peninsula who said she pays $800 a month for an individual health insurance plan.  

Bergman said he thinks she’ll be happy with the new plan unveiled this week.

“In your particular case, you’re going to pay less for health care going forward based on what the new American Health Care Act will look like,” Bergman said. “So I think you’re going to be pleased.”

The House GOP plan gets rid of the mandate that everyone buy health insurance or pay a tax. It would also allow Medicaid to continue to expand until 2020. 

Democrats have slammed the bill, saying millions will lose coverage and costs will go up. 

The Congressional Budget Office has not yet said how the bill would affect health care in the United States.

Bergman says he will hold another telephone town hall later this month.