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Trump Could Begin Dismantling Obamacare on Day One

Trump Could Begin Dismantling Obamacare on Day One

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By    |   Friday, 11 November 2016 01:27 PM

President-elect Donald Trump plans to completely dismantle Obamacare, and he could begin as early as his first day in office.

Trump met with congressional leaders on Thursday, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said one of their top priorities is to dismantle Obamacare straight away.

"They can start as soon as January, they can start as soon as spring," former GOP Senate aide Christopher Condeluci told CBS News.

"Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration will pursue some kind of transition period. Is it one year? Is it two years? That remains to be seen. But immediately people are not going to lose their insurance."

However, according to The Hill, Trump could begin the process on day one. He could immediately cancel "cost-sharing reductions," payments that assist low-income enrollees with their deductibles.

Republicans in the House have sued the Obama administration over these payments since Congress did not provide appropriation for them.

"The cost-sharing reductions would be the clear top issue," said Chris Jacobs, former GOP congressional staffer, now a health policy analyst, reports The Hill.

The upcoming president could also simply do nothing, make no policy adjustments to address complaints about Obamacare, and make no attempt to improve enrollment.

If Trump does end the reductions, it "would cause major turmoil in the health law's marketplaces," according to the Hill.

"What's likely to be a big consideration for the Trump administration is whether they find it advantageous to introduce chaos into the insurance market," Larry Levitt, a heath policy expert with the Kaiser Family Foundation, told the Hill.

"Once they take office they can blame certain things on the previous administration, [but] at some point they start to own these problems."

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