How Congress, President-Elect Trump Might Proceed on Promise to Repeal, Replace ACA

By , and on November 14, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This campaign promise, which echoes a familiar refrain from Republicans since ACA’s passage, is more complex than it may seem.

There are pathways to quickly “repealing” key elements of ACA such as the individual mandate and its subsidies, but this could result in significant market disruption in the absence of a replacement. Republicans will now be in charge of putting together a health reform replacement package; what that replacement will look like is an open question.

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Ankur J. Goel
  Ankur J. Goel represents health industry clients in significant compliance, False Claims Act, litigation and regulatory matters. Ankur works with a range of health industry clients. He represents health plans on issues arising under Medicare Advantage, Part D, and health insurance exchanges, as well as health care providers on a variety of complex enforcement, compliance, regulatory and litigation matters. Read Ankur Goel's full bio.


Jeremy Earl
  Jeremy Earl focuses his practice on providing complex regulatory counseling and advice to a variety of health care organizations such as health insurers, health maintenance organizations, pharmacy benefit managers, health care providers and other industry stakeholders on federal and state regulatory matters. He also drafted and negotiated numerous value-based provider reimbursement agreements on behalf of managed care entities and health care providers such as accountable care organizations (ACOs), health systems and health insurers. Jeremy has been quoted in trade and national publications, including HealthPayer Intelligence, Modern Healthcare, Managed Care Executive, Business Insurance and Vox.com. Read Jeremy Earl's full bio.


Kate McDonald
Kate McDonald focuses her practice on transactional and regulatory counseling for clients in the health care industry, with particular focus on federal and state health care government programs and the intersection between health care payors and providers. Kate regularly advises health insurers, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), health care government contractors, health care providers and other clients on compliance with health care laws and regulations, particularly in connection with Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, Medicaid managed care, the Affordable Care Act, state insurance laws, and state licensure and professional practice regulations. Read Kate McDonald's full bio.

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