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Rep. Chris Collins on Repealing Obamacare: No Impact on 2017 Plans

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By    |   Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016 07:57 PM

Congress is going to repeal Obamacare in the first 100 days of a Trump administration — but as many as 20 million Americans covered under the plan will not have to "worry about 2017," Rep. Chris Collins said Tuesday.

"We will repeal this in the first 100 days," the New York Republican, who is a member of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, told Wolf Blitzer on CNN. "In doing so, these plans are already in place.

"There is no way we can impact 2017 health insurance plans," he added. "In many cases, you would have to have the 2018 insurance plans in place in April.

"There will be, definitely, a transition period, a grandfathering period, for some aspects to make sure — and certainly for next year — because the health plans have already been decided."

Collins made clear that Americans will not be left without insurance in the immediate term when legislators revoke the Affordable Care Act.

The move has been advocated by both Trump and his nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary, Georgia Rep. Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon who is chairman of the House Budget Committee.

"Don't worry about 2017," Collins said. "Where we transition it in 2018 or beyond — a lot of it will depend on the insurance companies putting forward other plans."

He also that Americans with pre-existing conditions or who are on Medicaid could expect coverage to continue during any transition period.

"In some cases — what we are talking about are pre-existing conditions, or if you are insured in a plan and are changing plans, coming off of Medicaid — there would be a continuum of coverage.

"And, of course, we want to make sure you have that continuum of coverage, along with taking away any caps on lifetime care," Collins said.

"What the president-elect has said is that he is going to make sure that we don't take away benefits."

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