If You Are in Obamacare, Here's What a Trump Presidency Means

Editors' pick: Originally published Nov. 9.

President-elect Donald Trump may have flip-flopped on many issues during his candidacy, but on one issue he has been plain and consistent: he wants to end the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), and the impacts on the roughly 20 million people who are covered may come quickly and dramatically. What do they need to do now?

About Obamacare, Trump's website declares: "On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare."

Trump goes on: "We will work with Congress to make sure we have a series of reforms ready for implementation that follow free market principles and that will restore economic freedom and certainty to everyone in this country. By following free market principles and working together to create sound public policy that will broaden health care access, make health care more affordable and improve the quality of the care available to all Americans."

Experts are quick with advice for present enrollees. The big advice, from multiple experts: don't panic if you are currently covered under the Affordable Care Act.

"It's time for watchful waiting," said Robert Field, a professor at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health and Kline School of Law.

Jeff Smedsrud, co-founder of Heathcare.com, urged current enrollees to stay in Obamacare. He explained: "Individuals should still enroll in Obamacare plans for this open enrollment period. Although it is likely that once Donald Trump becomes president, Republicans will pass legislation to replace parts of Obamacare (and probably call it something else), no one knows what a new law will include."

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