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How Will President-Elect Trump Change the ACA?

So, he did it. On November 9th, in the early hours of the morning, Donald Trump was elected to be the 45th president of the United States. Moving past this, we need to understand how this presidency will affect the US for the next four years. One of the hotly debated subjects is how the Trump Administration will effect Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act. After all, Trump did promise that on the first day of his administration, he’d repeal and replace Obamacare. But what does all this actually mean for the state of healthcare in America?

The Changes

First of all, it is important to know how difficult of a task repealing all of Obamacare would be. It is so interwoven with our healthcare system, that it would be almost impossible to repeal all of it. Since most Republicans are of the same mindset when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, they would need to hold 60 seats in the Senate in order to vote it out, which they do not. However, since this election was such a huge win for Republicans, they could easily change specifically targeted laws within the ACA. Those specifics include:

  • Eliminating the subsidies that assist many recipients in paying for their Obamacare
  • Getting rid of a Medicaid expansion created for low-income Americans
  • Restricting the health care coverage of certain organizations like Planned Parenthood

The good news, however, is that these changes will not affect some of the most popular provisions of the ACA which include the requirement that health insurers cannot refuse coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, and allowing citizens under the age of 26 to stay on their parent’s health insurance.

What Does this Mean for You?

After meeting with Obama himself, Trump released a statement that he was reconsidering his stance on repealing the ACA altogether. Trump said he would be open to working with Obama on how he would change the specifics of the ACA.

This all meaning, no one is sure on how much Trump will change Obamacare, and what that will mean for the 20 million people using it and healthcare providers nationwide. All we can do is watch and wait in anticipation.

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