Repealing Obamacare was a common topic in Donald Trump's stump speeches. Now that he's been elected president, people are wondering when and how things could change.
The Texas Hospital Association released a statement after the election, saying in part:
"While the election results were decisive, there is considerable uncertainty about what the future of health care looks like.. Repeal without replacement of the ACA’s (Affordable Care Act) provisions that have reduced the number of uninsured would be problematic for any leadership be they Republican or Democrat. Any replacement needs to ensure that patients can get the care they need and providers are fairly paid for services provided."
"I understand the anxieties that are out there," says U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess, who represents much of Denton County, and parts of Tarrant and Dallas counties. He's also an OBGYN.
Dr. Burgess says he has worked with the Trump transition team and offers this:
"First thing I would tell anyone who's currently receiving a subsidized plan in the marketplace—things aren’t going to change overnight," he says. "Things are going to change. I would argue they're going to change for the better."
There have been questions about the fine people currently face if they don't have health insurance.
"There shouldn’t be a penalty if you fail to sign up for insurance," Dr. Burgess says.
He says an Obamacare repeal will first have to go through Congress, and it's too early to have all the answers about how people will be affected. About 1.3 million Texans have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Burgess did, however, address stories on social media of women feeling like they have to hurry to have IUD's implanted, or of people rushing to get prescriptions refilled.
"People should make decisions based on medical necessity and medical need, not based upon what your US Congress or President is going to be," he says. "That’s actually the wrong focus.
"Good policy is good policy. Make your case and make your decision based on dollars and cents and patient care. Don’t do it because you’re forced by your government."
Dr. Burgess says for more information on Republicans' ideas about healthcare moving forward, visit www.better.gop.