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'It saved my life': Talk of Obamacare repeal worries addicts

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By ADAM BEAM and CARLA K. JOHNSON
Associated Press

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) - Drug addicts caught up in the nation's opioid-abuse crisis are worried about what will happen if the Trump administration makes good on its promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

By one estimate, repeal could end coverage for 1.8 million people who received treatment for addiction or mental health problems.

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act want to junk the Obama-era law and replace it because of rising premiums, dwindling choices and the measure's tax penalties.

Some Republican governors say drug addicts have nothing to fear and that Medicaid will continue to cover treatment after the repeal of "Obamacare."

But people like Erika Lindgren of Pittsburgh are nervous. She credits the health care law with quickly getting her into a 26-day rehab program in 2015. She says she's scared to death of losing coverage.

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