ACA replacement: A question of 'when?'

Dec. 20, 2016
While Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) out of the gate in 2017, the timing for replacing Obamacare is still up for discussion. The two primary issues at hand: how long will the 20 million Americans enrolled in an ACA insurance plan need to find a suitable replacement, and how long will insurance companies need to create and price new plans? Members of the House Freedom Caucus are hoping for a six-month transition period, insurance companies are indicating that 18 months may be more manageable, and some sources say Obamacare may remain in place for at least four years after repeal. Regardless of replacement timing, repeal efforts are likely to move fast when the 115th Congress and President-elect Trump are sworn in.