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What’s next for Obamacare, plus AirTalk listeners share their ACA stories

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House Ways and Means Committee member U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) questions witnesses during a hearing on the Affordable Care Act on August 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised conservatives that his top healthcare priority would be to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Just shy of a month into the Trump Administration there has been a lot of talk on Capitol Hill about the future of Obamacare, but very little being done to decide its fate. House Speaker Paul Ryan said during his weekly press briefing today that the House would roll out legislation to repeal and replace the ACA after the President’s Day weekend. This comes as pressure mounts from a small group of GOP lawmakers on the Hill to repeal the health care law right away, regardless of whether there’s a replacement plan in the works, in order to capitalize on the political momentum it has gained since President Trump’s election. 

What lies ahead for President Obama’s signature piece of legislation? What would happen to those covered by the law if it were repealed with no replacement? If it were repealed and replaced?

AirTalk wants to hear how the ACA has impacted your life for our next "Across the Divide" conversation. Ever wanted to be a guest on an AirTalk segment? We’re putting together a panel of Southern Californians with different stories to tell about their experience with the ACA and we want YOU to be part of it. Are you someone on MediCal? Do you have a pre-existing condition that kept you from getting health insurance before the ACA? Did you close or are you considering closing your small business because of the cost of providing employee insurance? Did you refuse to buy insurance and have to pay a penalty? Share your story with us by emailing AirTalk producer Matt Dangelantonio at with a brief explanation of your story and we’ll contact you if we’d like to consider you for the panel!


Jennifer Haberkorn, senior health care reporter for POLITICO Pro; she tweets @jenhab

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; she tweets @kavitapmd

Paul Howard, senior fellow and director of health policy at the Manhattan Institute; he tweets @PaulHowardMI

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