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"In fact, our goal is to expand coverage to those almost 30 million Americans who still don't have coverage under the Affordable Care Act", she said. The order directs the federal agencies to ease the financial and regulatory burdens associated with the Obamacare law (also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA)).

"In my plan, we repeal Obamacare on a federal level, but if states like California or NY think that Obamacare works from them, then God bless them", Cassidy said.

Congress should not repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) without a plan to replace it that guarantees the protections that have helped all Americans, whether we receive insurance through our employers or through a subsidized plan. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently issued a report that repealing the Obamacare law without enacting an alternative policy will mean that 32 million Americans will lose their health insurance coverage. Of that group, they said 10 million would be people who bought insurance though the ACA marketplace.

"There's been so much talk about a repeal, and they thought: Is this the repeal we thought was coming?" said Jennifer Simmons, Legal Aid's navigator project director.

In 2017, Congress would repeal and replace Obamacare with this proposal. But his promise a week ago of "insurance for everybody" has Republicans with an eye on fiscal restraint anxious that he's promising more than they can deliver. Collins said her bill would also prevent a gap in coverage because the law would be phased in by 2020. But it's not clear some are legal and if federal officials would "gamble the stability - already quite fragile, in some states - of the individual market".

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West Virginia Citizens Action Group, Moveon.org, Health Care for America Now and other advocates took part in the rally. The Republican-dominated Congress that starts its 2017 work January 3 is determined to repeal Obamacare - and fast.

The primary objective of the order appeared to be the elimination of the insurance mandate, the provision in the ACA that required all Americans to have health insurance or else they suffer a tax penalty. With Trump in the White House and Republicans holding majorities in the House and Senate, opponents are closer to a repeal than ever. Cassidy said that his home state of Louisiana may be able to get better health outcomes by putting that two percent toward lowering HIV rates, for example, rather than contributing to the default option.

Cassidy and Collins said they hoped their plan would attract some support from Democrats.

Melissa Stiles, a professor of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, discussed the past and potential future of health care in the United States in a January 20, 2017 interview on Wisconsin Public Television's Here And Now.

"Allow states more flexibility to determine the essential health benefits ... that's probably the single most important step that could be taken to create a market where more insurers are likely to sell policies", Alexander said. Tax reform is far from a certainty but Cassidy said retaining the taxes, at least temporarily, is the only way to pay for the ACA benefits the GOP has promised to maintain.

Lawmakers in New Jersey are warning of gaps in coverage and loss of coverage due to a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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