With the pending change of leadership in the White House consumers, media, healthcare professionals, and health insurers have many questions about the future of Obamacare. Their questions are timely as the open enrollment period for 2017 coverage under the Affordable Care Act draws to a close December 15th.
During President-Elect Trump’s campaign he was clear in his intent to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Since being elected his message has changed a bit, recently stating that he intends to keep some of the components of the plan. According to an interview with the President-Elect on 60 Minutes, Trump wants the revised Act to “force insurers to cover people with pre-existing health conditions and allow parents to cover children under their plan into their mid-20s.”
President-Elect Trump has tapped Tom Price as his health and human services secretary. Price is an U.S. Representative and orthopedic surgeon from Georgia. According to a recent New York Times article, each year for the past six, including while Democrats were still working on the plan, Price “has introduced bills offering a detailed, comprehensive replacement plan.” Further, Reuters reports, “Price’s plan would also roll back the 2010 law’s expansion of Medicaid for low-income people, a change that helped Obamacare cut the number of uninsured Americans to 29 million in 2015 from 49 million in 2010.” His plan “endorsed converting Medicare from a program that covers set benefits to a voucher-style program to help people buy coverage.”
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