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Health policy experts weigh impact of repealing ACA before rolling out a replacement

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Figure 4: Americans Are Split in Their Confidence in President-Elect Trump’s Ability to Guarantee Better Health Care at a Lower Cost Fig 4 from Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Health Care Priorities for 2017

President-elect Donald Trump has made it no secret that he wants the Affordable Care Act repealed and it is expected that he will move quickly to scuttle the legislation once he is inaugurated.

Senate Republicans have already laid out the language they’ll be using to take the law apart without Democrats But a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that most Americans don’t want Obamacare to be repealed without something in line to replace it.

The poll, released today, shows that about 75 percent of people polled either want Obamacare left alone or don’t want Congress to touch it until a new healthcare plan has been devised and set in motion. Only 20 percent of respondents said they wanted Congress to repeal Obamacare even if there was no plan B.

What would happen if the ACA were to be repealed without a replacement in line? Who are the winners and losers? Is too much hay being made about the possible downfalls of a repeal? If the ACA is going to be repealed, do you agree that a replacement should be rolled out first or do you think people need to stay calm and carry on?


Kavita Patel, M.D., nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; she’s also a practicing primary care physician at Johns Hopkins Medicine and was previously a director of policy for The White House under President Obama

Joe Antos, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where his research focuses on the economics of health policy — including the Affordable Care Act. He served as assistant director for health and human resources at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

Liz Hamel, director of public opinion and survey research at the Kaiser Family Foundation

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