First and foremost are the 20 million Americans “newly insured” due to Obamacare. Critics of a repeal argue that these 20 million Americans would be without healthcare. They also point to the most popular aspects of Obamacare:
- The guarantee provision, which prevents insurance from denying coverage for preexisting illness, and;
- The ability to maintain children on their parents’ insurance until they are 26 years old.
These provisions are almost as popular with Republicans as they are with Democrats.
Along with these concerns comes the recognition that any law in place for six years will have adjusted many facets of society, and the outright repeal of such a law will have far-reaching implications. What about the billions of dollars the healthcare industry has spent adjusting to Obamacare? How many doctors have sold their practices to become employees, at least in part in response to the effects of Obamacare? (Answer: roughly 200,000, or nearly 25% of physicians [“The Physician’s Association 2014 Survey of Physicians.” Published September 2014. Available at physiciansfoundation.org]).