What replaces the Affordable Care Act is still taking shape, with experts anticipating a two-year wind down of the law to give President-elect
But repealing Obamacare will leave some 20 million people scrambling for health coverage, including more than 1 million people in
"Why would you blow everything up when there are things that are working,"
Republican critics of the ACA have made striking down the law a priority when
Not everyone agrees.
"Let's just stipulate that every single Republican thought Obamacare was a mistake," Senate Majority Leader
The cost of covering people who were previously uninsured proved much higher than expected, with Highmark, UnitedHealthcare and
The cost of ACA coverage in
"We haven't figured out how to control the costs," said
Obamacare spread the risk by requiring everyone to have health insurance. Take away the mandate and what's left is a sick fund, not health insurance,
The demise of the ACA will have a big impact in
"We'll fight this,"
Other Obamacare features that might be hard for consumers to part with include preventive health care services that come embedded in ACA plans and the ban against using a person's health history to set premiums, which touches the lives of 1 in 2 Americans who have pre-existing health issues, according to the government. But in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Friday,
"The technical problems on the exchanges could be fixed with ease if there were the political will to do so,"
Also on the chopping block is the
"They have to find a way to continue that process," said
It's too early to know whether the government's innovation center will survive in another form, but lower cost, higher-quality medical care has become a goal that won't go away, regardless of who's in office, said
"The imperative doesn't change,"
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