Americans fearful over health care as Trump unveils changes

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and U.S. President Donald Trump listen to remarks before signing an executive order making it easier for Americans to buy bare-bones health insurance plans and circumvent Obamacare rules at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 12, 2017.

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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and U.S. President Donald Trump listen to remarks before signing an executive order making it easier for Americans to buy bare-bones health insurance plans and circumvent Obamacare rules at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 12, 2017.

Americans are watching the health care debate play out in Washington, D.C., and are fearful about what the outcome could mean for their care and their wallets, according to a new survey by the Transamerica Center for Health Studies.

The three biggest fears uncovered were the loss of coverage for pre-existing conditions, which was cited by 42 percent of respondents; a reduction in Medicare coverage for seniors, at 31 percent; and the elimination of the mandate for employers to offer health care coverage, with 30 percent.

Meanwhile, 57 percent of individuals surveyed said they do not feel the state or federal government should make it mandatory for them to purchase coverage.

The survey was conducted online in July and August and included over 4,600 individuals ages 18 to 64 years old.

The results come as President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday aimed at providing what he called “Obamacare relief.” The order will ease rules regarding enrollment in short-term health insurance plans and health coverage offered by small businesses.

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