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White House officials: Affordable Care Act repeal would hurt NC

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RALEIGH-- The White House released a report Thursday describing the impact repealing the Affordable Care Act would have for millions of Americans across the country and in North Carolina.

As Republicans express discontent with the law, officials with the White House press office said a repeal would reduce or eliminate access to care.

This report comes as time is ticking to take advantage of health insurance coverage at the beginning of the year.

With one phone call after another, Enroll America volunteers made a final push Thursday to inform North Carolinians about new health insurance coverage options and get them signed up on the health insurance marketplace by Monday's deadline so they can get coverage beginning Jan. 1.

“Folks have been waiting years and sometimes decades for this kind of coverage, so we're just telling them that we're in the final push right now,” said Aaron White, a regional organizer with Enroll America.

The White House report describes the impact the Affordable Care Act is already making in the state. According to the report, up to 4,100,000 individuals will not get denied coverage due to their health history. More than 1,347,000 uninsured people will have new health insurance options and 95,000 young adults have gained health insurance.

“It's good for customers, it's good for consumers, it lowers costs for small businesses, it's going to reduce the deficit. This is a good policy for our country,” said Josh Earnest, White House deputy press secretary.

However, Republicans believe the law is flawed and want to repeal it.

“Here in North Carolina, at least a half a million North Carolinians have lost their health care because of Obamacare. That's a pretty serious lie,” said Claude Pope, North Carolina Republican Party chairman.

White House officials contend a repeal would raise premiums, allow discrimination based on pre-existing conditions and strip away protections from families.

“Because of the Affordable Care Act, people all across the country, whether they have insurance through their employer or not benefit from these protections, and that's why it's so important that the Affordable Care Act stay in place,” Earnest said.

Those who do not sign up by Monday's deadline still sign up and have their coverage begin at a later date.

According to HeathCare.gov, during the rest of open enrollment, if you enroll between the 1st and 15th day of the month in January, February and March and pay your premium, your coverage begins the first day of the next month.

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