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What does a repeal of 'Obamacare' mean for your coverage through the ACA?

Early Thursday morning, the Senate took the first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act.

“It gives instructions to the committee to come back with what it would do to repeal Obamacare,” said Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow of Economic Studies with the Brookings Institute.

Rivlin, former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve Board, says if the ACA would be simply repealed, as many as 30 million people would be affected.

“It would be really quite chaotic and, for that reason, I think there isn’t going to be a simple repeal,” Rivlin explained.

She says nailing down a timeline is difficult, and says putting together a replacement could be difficult.

“Everybody, Republicans and Democrats, especially Republicans now that they are in charge, would like to avoid a disaster on their watch,” Rivlin said.

She says a “sensible” replacement would be finding a way to keep those who have coverage insured and fix some of the issues.

“I wish that Senate, and the government in general, would leave the Affordable Care Act in place until they have a solid plan for what will take its place,” said Leslie Miller, who lives on the Eastern Shore.

“The Affordable Care Act has helped so many Americans, but it has also come at the cost of so many Americans. So, there are pros and cons to either,” said Chris Keisser, from Orlando, Florida.

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