Tampa Bay residents face uncertain futures in AHCA repealed

5 residents met with U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
Posted at 6:35 PM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 18:35:36-04

"We can't be doing this. What happened to this country?” said Regina Herbert of Sun City Center.

"The AHCA saved my life...absolutely saved my life. If the cancer comes back and I don't have insurance,” she said.

These Tampa Bay residents sat with U.S. Senator Bill Nelson at his Tampa office and gave us a window into their fears

"Every time I would go into a clinic I would see a different resident who didn't know me,” explained Elizabeth Isom of St. Pete.

Isom had no health insurance. Her brain tumor almost killed her.

Oliva Babis was born without arms but her pre-existing health condition means she relies on the affordable healthcare act to remain independent even after graduating college and working.

"Social security won't let me move backwards,” said Babis.

Senator Nelson says AHCA is not without problems but should be fixed not repealed.

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He says Republicans need 50 votes to pass their version of healthcare reform through the Senate.

"Let's take the existing law where it's working and where it needs tuning up, let's do it," said Senator Nelson.

Karen Clay takes care of her son, Michael, at home through Medicaid but she believes the 36-year-old who speaks through his computer would be institutionalized if he loses his coverage.

"People with disabilities will be disproportionately harmed because although we are not the majority of the Medicaid budget in the State of Florida, we are the majority of the spending,” said Clay.

Four different families whose futures are at stake and who can't imagine what could happen.