US Republican Leader Reiterates Intent to Repeal Obamacare

Josie Hollon meets someone at least once a week in her community who depends on health coverage through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, yet voted for President Donald Trump. The true cost won't be known until the Republicans offer up the replacement plan they've vowed to design, but a 2015 University of Pennsylvania study found that "the ACA is saving the average pill user $255 per year", according to TIME.

Ryan added the Senate should decide this week about Tom Price's confirmation as the health secretary of the new administration. Since he was inaugurated, Trump has begun the process of repealing the act through executive orders.

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Trump, who campaigned heavily on the promise of repealing the ACA, perhaps better known by its Obamacare nickname, took Kentucky's eight electoral votes by almost a 30-point margin on Election Day, Wheatley notes.

Anne Filipic, president of Enroll America, which helps consumers sign up for coverage, told the L.A. Times, "There is no doubt that enrollment would have been even higher if not for the uncertainty caused by political attacks on the law, and the Trump administration's decision not to provide consumers with all of the resources and support available to help them enroll". Any form of repeal would only be effective after there is a practical alternative that includes several of the popular republican reforms to Obamacare, such as shopping insurance plans across state lines, and expansion of health savings accounts.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that hospitals are anxious that a repeal of the ACA that does not restore these and other federal funds would leave care providers on the hook. And then there are the elements that are hard to quantify - the number of women who wouldn't be pushed into poverty as a result of becoming mothers before they were ready, and can go on to finish their education and get better paying-jobs, or the number of children who won't have to grow up in homes where their needs might not be met.

But when he invited members of his congressional district to attend the event on Saturday morning, almost 200 people showed up - and the overwhelming majority of them were supporters of the health care law, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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Under the ACA, the federal government slashed "disproportionate share payments" - funds provided to certain hospitals to offset some of the cost of caring for patients who cannot afford to pay.

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