Health Dept.: “Repeal of Affordable Care Act could cost us.”

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- It's been a push since Donald Trump started campaigning to be the next President of the United States – repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

But local health departments say the repeal of the health care plan would cost people in Eau Claire County.

Eau Claire City County Health director Lieske Giese says the Affordable Care Act currently provides health insurance through the marketplace for 6.4 million people – of which, nearly 250,000 are from Wisconsin and more than 3,000 Eau Claire County residents on the marketplace.

“The health department cares about this for a whole lot of reasons,” Giese said to WEAU 13 News on Monday. “We certainly care about access to care for our population. We have to care about everybody in Eau Claire, whether they have health insurance or not. We want them to have access to basic healthcare services.

Republican state assemblyman Rob Summerfield from the 67th district says he's not particularly surprised with the health departments concerns.

“President Trump ran in favor of changing Obamacare, so I think this is one step in the process and I think we kind of just need to sit back and see what the Republicans do to find changes and are they going to be good changes,” he said to WEAU 13 News on Monday.

Said Giese: “We also care, because we get funding from ACA and we want to make sure we can still keep doing that prevention work, really critical work that makes a difference every day in the lives of people in Eau Claire County.”

According to Giese, this isn't a matter of politics. It's about getting the information out to the community.

“We want to make sure they stay strong. We need them if we are going to stay a healthy nation,” she said.

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