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Governors Plan Active Role in ACA Rewrite

State leaders are positioning themselves to have a key voice in a potential rewrite of Obamacare next year. A spokesman for the National Governors Association said governors will be “very, very engaged” in the process...
November 29, 2016

State leaders are positioning themselves to have a key voice in a potential rewrite of Obamacare next year. A spokesman for the National Governors Association (NGA) said governors will be “very, very engaged” in the process. Many will be under intense pressure to avoid an abrupt repeal of law that would prompt 22 million people to lose their coverage and likely cause a marketplace crash.


Iowa’s Republican Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart warns that repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement would have “devastating consequences.” He says, “The idea of folks having credible coverage today that is no longer there come June or July or some mid-point of the year, it really is going to be disruptive, not only to the insurance market but also to those peoples’ individual lives.”

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) hasn’t released a specific statement about how the election could reshape healthcare markets. The insurer lobbying group, America’s Health Insurance Plans, has also remained largely quiet post-election. A spokesman for the NAIC said the group would have more to say about Obamacare come next year, after the newly elected commissioners assume their roles.