While repeal now seems likely, that may take
Voters "don't want
"It's our goal to dismantle Obamacare and actually focus on lowering the cost of coverage for people," said Sen.
The rhetoric may sound familiar, but the circumstances couldn't be more different. Up until now, repeated Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act have been practice runs. This will be real, and so will the consequences. Trump will have a four-year term in the
With HealthCare.gov's sign-up season underway, there's little chance the program will come to a crashing halt. Still, that's not very reassuring for people like Lodiza LePore of
"I think they are just going to destroy everything Obama has done, and that's going to leave a lot of people with no health care," said LePore. "It's going to turn this country into a Third World country."
As many as 30 million people could be affected. Most directly hit would be some 10 million who like LePore have private coverage through the law's subsidized markets, and about 9 million covered under its
Can they deliver? There's no final
REPEAL: THE 'EASY' PART?
But using the special procedures means
REPLACE: A CHANCE FOR BIPARTISANSHIP?
"Obamacare's" requirement that individuals get insurance or face fines doesn't stand a chance, but other provisions would likely survive in a replacement bill. That includes keeping young adults on parental plans until age 26 and doing away with lifetime dollar limits on coverage.
A replacement bill could take a couple of years to hash out.
Those could include making it harder for people to sign up for coverage outside of open-enrollment season, supporting legislation that would waive tax penalties for uninsured people in communities with no choice of insurers, or even supporting a lawsuit by
'POTTERY BARN' RULE
The old retail store rule is "if you break it, you buy it." The same applies to health care. Obama and the
The same could happen to
"If people get mad at you, they will find a way to get you," said
This story has been corrected to say that Rep.