Donald Trump was elected partially on his promise to repeal Obamacare — but he may not have to do much.
Trump has already suggested that he has no intention of dismantling the law in its entirety. Despite the public’s overall dissatisfaction with the Affordable Care Act, certain popular elements remain. In particular, the provisions that allow children to stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 26 and the preexisting conditions clause are still viewed favorably by the public. The individual mandate and state-run health co-ops, however, have remained unpopular ever since their implementation.
Trump has proposed an end to these state-run co-ops, suggesting that an inter-state system of private competition could help lower costs across the board.
Implementing these changes without a filibuster-proof senate may be difficult, but the state-run co-ops look to be disappearing all by themselves.
Witness the scale of the state-run co-op collapse on the next page: