News | Published: Friday, November 11, 2016 4:30 am
During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety. Now, just days after the election, what do we really know and what can we anticipate? Marshall Brachman, lobbyist for the Cardiology Advocacy Alliance (CAA), offers his insights.
We will begin to know how this will all proceed when the House and Senate reorganize—starting the week of November 14. That is when decisions will be made regarding what Congress intends to do during the lame duck session. Since the Obama administration would likely veto any attempt to modify the ACA, it is almost certain that changes will not occur until 2017. Most likely, there would not be a one-stop total repeal, but instead a roll out of administrative actions by the Trump administration and attempts to roll back pieces of the ACA legislatively. Those roll back pieces would occur over a couple of years.
Here are some important points to keep in mind as we think about what may happen.
In summary, we know that Congress and the new administration are anxious to repeal and replace many of the mandates imposed by the Affordable Care Act; however, it will not be clear for a number of months how, and if, this can be accomplished. As always, we will keep you posted as details unfold.
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Marshall Brachman has been the lobbyist for CAA since its inception. He has been lobbying for over 30 years on many public policy matters, including health care. Brachman was raised in Fort Worth, Texas, has an MBA from the University of Texas, lives on Capitol Hill and is on the Hill advocating for the issues affecting members of CAA every day.