Donald Trump, President-Elect of the United States, plans to axe the affordable health insurance President Barack Obama introduced in 2010.
“Obamacare” gives more Americans access to affordable health insurance and represents the most significant regulatory overhaul of the US healthcare system since 1965.
President Barack Obama introduced the law in 2010 and although it has critics, it has significantly decrease the number of uninsured Americans.
Trump has long said he wants to repeal it and overhaul the system, which one analysis has said could mean 25 million Americans could lose health insurance.
When introduced by President Obama six years ago, during his first term, it faced challenges in congress and federal courts.
It has had mixed reviews, with a largely positive response from organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reported the average number of uninsured Americans from January to September 2014 was 11.4 million fewer than the same period in 2010.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act introduced in 2010, known as Obamacare, extended health insurance coverage to some of the 15 per cent estimated who lack it. Those people get no coverage from their employers and are not covered by US health plans for the poor and elderly.
The law requires all Americans to have health insurance, offering subsidies to make coverage more affordable and aims to reduce the costs by bringing younger, healthier people into the system.
It also requires businesses with more than 50 full-time employees to offer health coverage, but this was delayed into 2015.
In addition to this it bans insurance companies from denying health coverage to people with pre-existing health conditions, allows young people to stay on their parent’s plans until they are 26, and expands eligibility for the poor. This has led to opposition to Obamacare, largely from Conservatives, many of whom see the plan as a disaster.
No matter how this all plays out, Republicans will be under enormous political pressure to move quickly against Obamacare, given that after three straight campaign cycles of promising to repeal it, voters have finally given them the opportunity to do so. It’s almost certain the ACA of now will emerge from the next four years badly beaten and bruised, if not completely dead.