PITTSBURGH – During his campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly said he would repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. It’s a decision that could impact 22 million Americans.
Many Channel 11 Facebook followers have been asking how that process might play out.
“If the new Trump administration makes good on the promise to repeal and replace, we could be looking at some major changes in health care and some major disruptions,” said Martin Gaynor, a Carnegie Mellon University professor. Gay has been studying economics and healthcare markets for more than 20 years.
Gaynor said getting rid of some aspects of Obamacare could happen easily without Congressional approval. There’s an ongoing lawsuit, filed by Republicans, to stop federal dollars from financing part of the law.
“The Republican lawsuit won in court,” Gaynor said. “The Obama administration has appealed that, so one thing that a new Trump administration could do on day one is stop the appeal.”
That would cause immediate change.
A less immediate, but still probable scenario, is for President-elect Trump to sign the law proposed by Congress and vetoed by President Obama that would reduce major sources of funding and end the mandate that everyone must buy health insurance.
“That wouldn’t repeal and replace Obamacare, but would limit it extensively and probably undermine it to a large extent that it would function far less effectively and it might even disappear,” Gaynor said. “If this goes away, nothing comes in to replace, it they’ll just lose that coverage.”
Employer-sponsored coverage could also be affected if there are large changes in a new White House administration.