President-Elect Donald Trump has made two cabinet picks today -- former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation, and Congressman Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary.
Picking Price seems to indicate Trump isn't backing down from his campaign vow to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Congressman Price has been one of the most vocal opponents of the ACA. He's even introduced his alternative in the House on multiple occasions.
So what might a replacement for Obamacare look like? Would it satisfy those who gained coverage under the ACA? Implementation of the ACA split the country. Millions of Americans who hadn't had health insurance are now able to afford it, thanks to big federal subsidies. Others lost the policies they liked and, in many cases, had to pay more for their new ones. Can a replacement for the ACA serve both masters?
Avik Roy, president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, FREOPP.org and former senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute
Kavita Patel, M.D., Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution; she’s also a practicing primary care physician at Johns Hopkins Medicine and was previously a Director of Policy for The White House under President Obama