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SICK DAY: The upcomming fight over Obamacare

05 Jan

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THE STORY

Congress is coughing up a fit. The topic? Obamacare.

REMIND ME.

In 2010, President Obama signed his favorite thing ever – the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) – into law. Ever since, it’s been a political headache. The law was supposed to make it easier and cheaper for people to get health insurance. And right now, the number of people who are uninsured is at its lowest level. Ever. But critics say it does things like create losses for insurance providers and gives the gov too much power. So the GOP’s tried to repeal or hinder it dozens of times. And it’s gone to the Supreme Court four times for different reasons. But no dice on the repeal.

SO WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW?

ICYMI, one of President-elect Donald Trump’s main campaign promises was to repeal Obamacare. Yesterday, President Obama went to the Hill to get Dem lawmakers’ help in protecting his legacy. And Vice President-elect Mike Pence went to the Hill to say that getting rid of Obamacare will be the “first order of business” for the incoming administration. And since Republicans are about to control both Congress and the White House, their ‘end of Obamacare’ dreams could come true.

WILL IT BE EASY?

No. Democrats say they’re going to put up a major fight. So far, around 20 million people have signed up for insurance through Obamacare. But since it’s unclear what exactly the GOP plans to replace it with, no one really knows what will happen to those millions of people if the law goes away. The GOP says it’s working on a “smooth transition.” K.

theSKIMM

In one corner of the ring is a major part of President Obama’s legacy and the current healthcare system for millions of Americans. In the other corner is President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress that’s been waiting for this moment for years. Rumble in the GOP jungle.

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