There were lots of other questions from callers asking about what
"I don't think anyone would want to pass a bill overnight that cost 20 million people their health insurance,"
Even if Trump moves for a repeal of the law, he won't assume office until
"People still need to get health insurance. The law remains the same," said Reyes, a coordinator with bewellnm.com, the state insurance exchange that handles outreach and education. Enrollments in
In fact, Wednesday was the busiest day yet for the federal government's healthcare.gov portal with 100,000 sign-ups, perhaps evidence that consumers want to purchase insurance before the law changes.
But, Reyes said, the reaction in
The uncertainty is enough so that the Office of the Superintendent
In 2016, some 55,000 New Mexicans purchased insurance through healthcare.gov. Most people in
But one anchor of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," is that all legal residents and non-tribal members must have health insurance or pay a fine when they file their income taxes. That requirement came about to spread the cost of coverage to a wider population of those who are both sick and healthy.
But in the first two years of the insurance mandate, the law has hit some obstacles. Those previously denied coverage because of illnesses were quicker to enroll than younger and healthier people. That increased costs for private companies, and many have stopped offering individual plans, leaving fewer choices for consumers.
That is not the case in
Other aspects of the law have proven more popular -- especially the measure that allows young adults to stay on their parent's health insurance until age 26 -- and requirements that insurance companies cover those with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and cancer.
Trump on Friday indicated he would consider keeping some of those provisions.
Part of the law also allowed
In all, some 20 million Americans have gained some type of insurance under the law, and the uninsured rate in
Speaker of the House
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