UAB expert says Trump’s plan to repeal ‘Obamacare’ not that simple

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen, in Portland, Ore. Repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care law would modestly increase the budget deficit even as it boosts the economy, while the number of uninsured Americans would rise by more than 20 million, according to a nonpartisan government study released Friday. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — One of Donald Trump’s biggest campaign promises was to repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly called ‘Obamacare.’ Now that Trump has won the election, healthcare experts are looking for more details on his plans.

Dr. David Becker at UAB’s Department of Healthcare Organization and Policy says Trump’s promise is not that simple.

“To some degree, the Affordable Care Act is working, in the sense that we’re seeing these reductions in the uninsured population 22 million people are now insured that weren’t insured previously,” Becker said. It’s those people who will feel the burden if Trump successfully repeals the ACA. If you have insurance through you job or spouse, you should be fine.

“This really doesn’t have significant effects on people that have employer based insurance or had children that were covered under Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program or most coverage through Medicare,” Becker explained.

“It’s really a story about how do we deal with this population of individual Americans that don’t have health insurance coverage,” Becker said. He says that Trump hasn’t really flushed out the details of his healthcare plan. If he’s successful, Becker says the healthcare industry could face bigger problems.

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