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From Obamacare to Trumpcare: What to expect if the controversial health care law is repealed and replaced as promised
By Karl Washwick
November 13, 2016
Trumpcare and the repeal of Obamacare — what’s going to change and what’s not?
President-elect Trump’s agenda calls for repeal of the Affordable Care Act. This may be possible with a Republican Congress – but I don’t think complete repeal is going to happen – or even that it should happen.
Before you repeal something, you should know what it is, so first let’s ask: What exactly IS Obamacare?
A little history lesson:
In April 1993, community rating for small groups became law in New York. Here are the bullet points:
Oh yes — what happened in 1993? Many health insurance companies fled the state to wait and see what happened. BUT — and this is big — it all worked out just fine. Things settled down, new companies came into the market – the good old days. New York got there 20 years ahead of the rest of the country! (I never understood why our politicos didn’t beat the drum about this.)
So, what’s likely to change, and what’s not?
A final question: Why did health insurance reform work in New York and fail in the rest of the country? What’s different? That’s a question that should be answered. Use New York as an example, Mr. Trump. After all, you are a New Yorker!
Karl Washwick is the president and owner of the Washwick Agency in Riverhead, a full-service agency that provides a wide range of insurance products.
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