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The Next President Will Have to Face Split Over Obamacare

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 10:59 AM

President Barack Obama's defining piece of legislation will continue to polarize politics after he leaves the White House, CNN reports.

Critics of the Affordable Care Act, including Republican nominee Donald Trump, want to repeal and replace the law as soon as possible. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton vowed to improve Obamacare without repealing it, but with premiums about to rise, she may have a difficult time gaining support from both sides of the aisle.

Premium hikes in key swing states like Florida and Colorado could change the political narrative going into Election Day. Although according to a CNN/ORC poll released Monday, most voters rate health care as less important that the economy, immigration, foreign policy and terrorism.

"Relatively few people will feel the premium increases, but everyone will hear about them," Dan Mendelson, president of consulting firm Avalere Health, told CNN Money. "That will have an effect on the perception of the program."

"Is it something . . . that's going to change the election? No, it's not," former White House press secretary Jim Carney said on CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday. "Remember, the opportunity Republicans had to use Obamacare against the Democrats and win the White House was in 2012.

"Mitt Romney, a far more credible candidate for president of the United States from the Republican Party, you know, beat us hard over the head with Obamacare."

According to New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins, Trump will utilize the heath care plan drafted by House Speaker Paul Ryan's Republican conference.

"It is my understanding that Mr. Trump has seen that plan and what he is talking about ... is in fact a better way, a replacement plan," Collins said on CNN.

One thing Trump hasn't addressed is how he would deal with the health care interest groups that hold sway in Washington, or how he would work with his own party to resolve the disagreements over his proposals for a new health care plan.

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