Shannon Firth and Joyce Frieden, MEDPAGETODAY: November 9, 2016
WASHINGTON — With the Republicans winning the White House and retaining control of both houses of Congress on Tuesday, healthcare scholars predict big changes in some healthcare policies, although perhaps not as much as feared.
MedPage Today spoke with several policy specialists experts who shared their views of what changes a Trump administration, coupled with a Republican Senate and House, could mean for the healthcare system, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA). […]
Offering a more liberal perspective, Diana Zuckerman, PhD, president of the National Center for Health Research, said,”I’m not sure what will happen to the Affordable Care Act.” She noted that full repeal of Obamacare would be hard with so many people now relying on it, many of whom live in red states.
“A year from now, we could be in a very different situation politically,” she said, acknowledging that the election showed a very divided electorate. “Every president wants to say they have a mandate … it is harder to make very dramatic changes when you’ve got less than half of the vote and when you have a party that is very truly as divided as the Republican party.” […]
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