NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - President-elect Donald Trump doesn't mince words when it comes to his thoughts on the Affordable Care Act. According to his website, Trump is calling for a complete repeal, saying no person should be required to buy insurance unless he or she wants to."
His position also states he plans to "replace Obamacare with Health Savings Accounts." We spoke with a Tulane Associate Professor of Health Policy about what that could mean.
"Until we see what replace looks like, we have to understand that we're looking at 20 to 24 million people who stand to lose their health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act," said Tulane Associate Professor of Health Policy Mollye Demosthenidy. "We're in an open enrollment period right now and people should continue to move forward as if they will have coverage for next year. It seems unlikely that we're going to see an immediate roll back of this public benefit program. It's pretty unprecedented in history."
Senator Bill Cassidy also weighed in.
"I have a little bit of a bias in this because I have put forward a bill, we named it 'The World's Greatest Healthcare Plan,' obviously taking after some of his rhetoric in which we do provide access to all Americans to health insurance but do it in a way which is not the same sort of coercion under Obamacare, we're hoping that we will be able to work with him to get a bill such as ours passed," said Cassidy, R-Louisiana.
House Majority Whip Republican Steve Scalise says he plans to present Trump with an alternative bill to the Affordable Care Act that he says Obama vetoed, but he thinks Trump would sign.
"In our alternative, we address pre-existing conditions because I don't think it's right that somebody can be discriminated against because they have a pre-existing condition, but we do it with actual reforms that focus on lowering the costs for people across the board as opposed to Obamacare, which just put a bunch of mandates in and said if one person is paying higher, we will just make everybody pay higher. How's that good for anybody," Scalise said, .
Trump's website also says his plan would allow people to buy insurance "across state lines," something he claims would create a "dynamic market."
We reached out to Congressman Cedric Richmond's office Wednesday about this story, but we were told he was not available for an interview.