"We don't know what's going to happen, but it has the potential to make some of the biggest health care changes since the creation of
All along, leaders in the Republican majority have hinted that they'd rather wait until November to resolve the issue -- a sign that perhaps the political landscape would change.
The landscape has indeed changed. With the election of
Trump called for a block grant in policy statements released before the election.
"That's what we've been arguing for years,"
The state could remove hundreds of thousands of people from the
"It could force the state to whittle away at what's already a pretty minimal program," said
Carnes said his organization is also closely watching Republican plans for the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Repeal of the act -- something Trump supports and
"At this point, all bets are off," he said.
The chair of the
"Liberty requires responsibility," he said. "There's still a legitimate debate about whether there should be health care for everybody."
Williamson said it's too soon to say how repeal-and-replace or
"If you redefine
Before the election, hospital administrators were looking ahead to an uncertain future. Lawmakers have worked for years on a reform of
Hospitals are also anxiously awaiting cuts to federal funding under Obamacare -- cuts that were supposed to be offset by expansion of
A new administration could change all that, Williamson said. But it's still not clear what would replace the Affordable Care Act.
"There are too many unknowns," he said.
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