LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Republican Senators took a big step in repealing the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare, Thursday. In a 51-48 vote a budget blueprint was approved allowing them to change the health care law without the threat of a democratic filibuster.
The house passed an identical version on Friday, putting it into effect.
Protests were held around the country including downtown Lexington, Sunday. Many people that showed up to the protest talked about their positive experiences with Obamacare.
Protest leader, Tyler Murphy told WKYT the repeal would have a negative impact.
"So, we saw so many different examples of how repealing this law would impact real people, real lives in our community," he said. This is not something we're talking about in the abstract this is something that is going to have real and meaningful impact on people across our country."
In response to the recent protests GOP Senator Rand Paul gave a preview of the Obamacare replacement plan on CNN's "State of the Union."
He says their plan is to get rid of the Obamacare mandates and legalize the sale of inexpensive insurance.
"I believe it's important that we do replacement on the same day that we do repeal," Paul said. We've had six years to complain, and we have complained. I've been one of those complaining about Obamacare. Replacement should be the same day."
Paul's plan didn't directly address how the replacement plan will affect states that have signed on for expanded medicaid offered as part of Obamacare.
He did say that the expansion will be part of the repeal process, which requires a simple majority vote for passage.
Paul also said that money for more medicaid should come from higher state taxes.