Since the beginning of its implementation in 2010, tens of thousands of
The county's community health centers greatly expanded their services, built new facilities and hired doctors, nurses and social workers. Hospitals, physicians groups and health care giants such as
"This law is not going to be unwoven or dismantled overnight," said
Zane said that for every person who complains about rising health insurance premiums, there are others who have benefited from Obamacare's provisions, including expanding
It's unclear exactly what President-elect Trump proposes for a replacement, officials said. What is clear is the footprint that the 6-year-old law has left.
Across the country, some 20 million people have received health insurance either through state or federal health exchanges and the expansion of
"People should be concerned and active about these proposals for eliminating, capping or rolling back
But conservatives in
There are currently about 128,000
"We can't even speculate what's going to happen," she said. "We just have to wait and see."
The clinic's construction was made possible by a
"More than 10,000 of our patients that were previously uninsured now have full-scope
Fuchs said that if those people lost
"The cost of health care would increase dramatically as people delay treatment until they have an emergency," she said, adding that some would likely forgo preventive measures such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and oral health screenings.
"Our county would suffer tremendously," she said.
"I don't want a lot of people to lose sleep over this -- we're going be watchful," she said. "But I feel hopeful at this point that (Trump's) administration is not going to do something that would render them hugely unpopular with Americans who did not have health care coverage before."
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