A day after
"To repeal it would be so destabilizing to the health care system, and I would venture to say the economy because it's such a big piece of it," said
Trump's election along with a
As they seek to undo it "with something that's going to be great," as Trump said, they are likely to run into obstacles. Namely, for all of Obamacare's criticism,
Repeal and replace
Enacted in 2010, the law sought to cover Americans who didn't get insurance through
It included provisions that have been popular with consumers. Insurers can't deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. Adult children can stay on their parents' plans until age 26. More low-income consumers are eligible to receive
And it included provisions that weren't popular, particularly when it came to the tricky question of how to pay for it. Insurers have tightened their networks, restricting where consumers can go for care. Consumers have been saddled with more of their own health care costs through high-deductible insurance plans. And consumers have been forced to pay a penalty for not getting insurance.
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Trump laid out his plan during the campaign, calling on
"I'm sympathetic and I understand (the desire to cover more services), but it all costs money," Hartung said, preferring the government to allow insurers to sell policies with less coverage, across state lines.
Not as easy as it sounds
Experts said that idea came with questions.
"I'm not sure what repeal means," said
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In other instances, it might be too late to unravel Obamacare.
"All of the hospitals have benefited from the increase in people who are now insured, and we've begun to change the culture of health care and shift more toward prevention, earlier care, moving away from acute care," Collinsgru said. "The ship is still turning. If we go back to the dock, we are really undermining the well-being of our people, the state and the nation."
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