The GOP has no plan ready to replace Obamacare. So, what comes next for the Affordable Care Act?
Nearly 1.3 million Floridians, have signed up for Affordable Care Act marketplace plans as of this week, putting the Sunshine State on track to exceed last year’s enrollment figures and top all states in the country for Healthcare.gov sign ups. All of this happening, despite President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican Congress expected repealing and replacing the law, also known as Obamacare.
In this edition of the Politically Correct Podcast, Joe Henderson, Tom Jackson and Jim Williams talk about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Just how will the Republican’s go about replacing the law, once they repeal it?
The total of people enrolling in the Affordable Care Act in Florida includes more than 214,000 people from the Tampa Bay area. Other large markets in Florida for enrollment are Miami-Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.
It is very important to note that the enrollment figures provided Wednesday don’t include customers who will be automatically re-enrolled in their existing marketplace plans.
President-elect Trump has said that he would repeal and replace Obamacare “simultaneously,” so that there would be no delay in coverage. However, Congressional Republicans have yet to reach consensus on what will replace Obamacare, and how quickly a new plan should take hold. Some say they shouldn’t repeal the Affordable Care Act without a new health care law ready to go. Others — eager for a speedy political win — want to repeal the law but include a transition period to prevent as many as 22 million Americans from losing their insurance and that would include 2.2 million people in the state of Florida.
Florida has driven up the national numbers to a record level. Nationally, about 6.4 million people had selected plans through Monday, about a 400,000 increase over last year, according to government figures released Wednesday. By this point last year, about 1.1 million Floridians had signed up and its present it will smash all records both in the state as well as nationally.
There is more than a month left to sign up for the Affordable Care Act both in Florida as well as nationally. The deadline for signing up for the Open enrollment continues through Jan. 31.