by: Marius Payton Updated:
So the race is on for the republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare.
But a big question remains. What will they replace the current plan with?
It is a question that many people here in the Mid-South, and millions of people nationwide are asking just 10 days before changes are vowed to be made.
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FOX13 has been asking questions about possible scenarios and we are told that major changes to Obamacare could be years down the road...at least a few years away.
Last year, more than 11.3 million Americans were covered under Obamacare, but let’s put that number into perspective.
If those people formed a state, that state would be the 8th largest state in the U.S. Now imagine everyone in the 8th largest state, a state just shy of the size of Ohio, possibly without health insurance.
And that is what has people concerned.
We have heard the promises of Repeal and Replace. House Speaker Paul Ryan reiterated it once again this morning by saying, “We are taking action. We are putting in place the tools necessary to keep our promise on this law. We are acting quickly because Obamacare is failing. You have to remember this, Obamacare is failing."
But the millions of people who rely on the Affordable Care Act for health insurance are wondering what happens to my insurance, if in fact the ACA is no more.
"Obamacare, as it is colloquially known, will not be completely eliminated overnight. It's going to be a long drawn out process,” said Steve Mulroy a professor at the University of Memphis Law School.
He believes it will take time to undo a program that provides healthcare to many Americans who need it the most.
"They can use a particular parliamentary process known as reconciliation to undo large part of the Affordable Care Act with a simple majority vote.
"But if they do that, there will be other parts of the ACA not subject to the reconciliation process that will still be lingering," Mulroy added.
Deidre Malone took it a step further. "I think that would be the absolute mistake."
Malone is the newly named chairman of the Memphis NAACP. She thinks messing with the plan will affect many people. No matter who they voted for in November.
"Even people who actually voted for President Elect Trump have applied for and accepted healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. And what does that said to those people?"
So, as Inauguration Day moves closer and the promises to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act continue, there is just one thing that is certain.
"There are some real vexing questions right now about what exactly does it mean to repeal and replace Obamacare."
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