No changes yet for Montana after Republicans pull health care bill


MISSOULA, Mont. - More than 142,000 Montanans would have faced uncertainty of their health care coverage if a bill to repeal Obamacare passed.

House Speaker Ryan Paul says Obamacare will be around for the foreseeable future.

Massachusetts resident David Specht says it's better to fix the problem than to throw it away.

"I think not repealing Obamacare and rather fixing it is the right move," Specht said.

Missoula resident Anna Herrings says she wants a health care plan that's more affordable.

"I can't even afford insurance, and I can't afford Obamacare," Herring said. "I really hope something is going to change about it."

Here's the breakdown of what the Montana Budget and Policy Center said would happen if Obamacare was repealed:

142,000 Montanans would have lost coverage 14 percent of Montanans would have lost coverage 52,000 Montanans who get Affordable Care Act subsides to help them buy private health insurance would have lost them For more information about Montanans and the Affordable Care Act, click here.

University of Montana student Stanzi Stuigat says Obamacare is to credit for a drop in Montanans without insurance.

"I think it's great," Stuigat said. "It's the solution, and I think that America really needs it."

Ryan pulled the bill Friday afternoon.