In a plan released Thursday, Trump promised to work with a
Policy experts say
A Trump administration will create "a patient-centered health care system that promotes choice, quality and affordability with health insurance and health care, and take any needed action to alleviate the burden imposed on American families and businesses by the law," says a statement on www.greatagain.gov.
A repeal would threaten coverage for 66,400 people in
Conservatives have slammed Obamacare for its rising premiums and deductibles, narrow physician networks and the financial losses of participating insurers. Trump's plan has few details on what would replace Obamacare, said
"What the plan does not include is any recommitment to ensure that 22 million Americans will not lose health coverage resulting from the repeal of the Affordable Care Act," Wright stated.
In interviews Friday, Trump said he wants to keep parts of Obamacare such as the ban on denying insurance based on preexisting health conditions. Trump proposes high-risk pools for people who are ill and have trouble keeping insurance, but those options have traditionally been expensive and offered limited benefits, Wright said.
Trump, along with House Speaker
Future of exchange
On average, consumers are facing an 8 percent rate increase next year for Covered California health plans in the five-county pricing region that includes
Without the subsidies, Covered California could not offer affordable health plans for customers who struggle to pay their premiums. To keep the exchange viable, state lawmakers could try to support Covered California with state-funded premium assistance.
"They can't afford it," said
Persike, who was thrilled with the election outcome, said the federal government needs to address the costs of health care and insurance, which is crippling households and reaching the limit for employers.
"I just renewed a policy of
"If we lose the subsidies, most of the people I know on Obamacare will not be able to pay for it," Hunt said. The cost for her Covered California plan next year is
A repeal of Obamacare would also affect local health agencies and safety-net clinics that provide services for people granted benefits through the
It is too soon to know what will happen, she said, if the
Golden Valley, which has health centers in
Those services will continue despite Trump's campaign promises to enforce immigration laws, Rawling said. "The
Golden Valley is helping people with enrollment in Covered California health plans for 2017 and advising residents to take advantage of the options. An enrollment period began
With the expansion of
"We are certainly paying attention (to talk of repealing Obamacare) and will have to watch and learn," Lee said. "It all depends on what happens at the federal level. What the local impact is remains to be determined."
Local hospitals, which see fewer uninsured patients in their emergency departments, could also be impacted by decisions made at the federal level.
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