The next few months may turn into a bumpy ride for some 200,000 Arizonans who receive their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Whether you agree or disagree with President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to repeal and replace the ACA once he is in office…..it’s hard to deny that massive healthcare changes will also bring a level of uncertainty about the future.
With that in mind – health care advocates met in Tucson yesterday to urge Mr. Trump not to repeal the ACA until there is a replacement in place. From Arizona Public Media.
The advocates said Obamacare is not perfect but any replacement plan needs to include certain elements of the law. Those elements include allowing children to stay on their parent’s health plan until they are 26 years old, allowing pre-existing conditions and banning lifetime caps.
(Democratic state Senator David) Bradley said the Medicaid expansion passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer must also be maintained. He said if the expansion ends the state will have a $300 million hole in the budget.
A recent Fox News Poll indicates that 68 percent of Americans believe Mr. Trump will repeal and replace Obamacare. However, there are conflicting reports as to how quickly both of those can be done – if the new administration is committed to having a replacement in place before the law is repealed.
Share your thoughts on what the next few months may look like for healthcare in our state….and how the 200,000 Arizonans who get their insurance through the ACA may be be affected. Do you believe a replacement plan has to be in place before the law should be repealed? Should any parts of Obamacare remain? Generating these types of productive conversations will be critical if we hope to ease some of the uncertainty that will likely surround healthcare in 2017. One thing we are certain about – is our unwavering commitment to continue to work toward our goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!