- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont hospital president said about 65,000 people in the state could lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

Vermont Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/2nebRxW) that Vermont hospital leaders are opposed to the plan by Congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

President of the Rutland Regional Medical Center Tom Huebner said 98 percent of people in Vermont are covered. He said that would drop to between 85 and 90 percent under the Republican plan.

A report by the independent Congressional Budget Office found that over the next decade, 24 million people would lose health coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

Vermont representative Peter Welch said that Vermont could lose $200 million federal health care dollars in 2020 under the Republican plan.

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