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FSPH's Dr. Gerald Kominski comments on the continued efficacy of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Dr. Gerald Kominski, professor of health policy and management and director of FSPH's UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, commented Mar. 27 in an ATTN: article about the continuation of coverage and health services provided under the ACA.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

From ATTN:

"The indications are that the White House is going to move on for the time being," Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, told ATTN:. He said citizens are still receiving insurance, still getting subsidies, and will still be eligible for enrollment. 

Matthew Fiedler, a fellow with the Center for Health Policy at the Brookings Institute, told ATTN: that Trump's prediction of an Obamacare "explosion" are off base, as well. Obamacare insurance prices appear to be stabilizingat this point, and the market overall looks more stable than it has been in previous years, he said. 

Essentially, barring any unforeseeable events, Obamacare will keep doing what it's doing. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated earlier in March that Obamacare will still cover over 24 million citizens in 10 years.

However, Trump and his administration could attempt to undermine the law.

"There's a lot of talk that the ACA is imploding on its own, and it's about to go over a cliff," Kominski said. "But the reality is that the law is working for millions of Americans, and the only reason that it would start to implode is if the administration starts to actively take measures to destabilize the marketplace."

Read the full article from ATTN: