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Post-election health care review — Part 1

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On part one of this special, post-election two-part edition of the Shift Shapers podcast, we look at the reality of the “repeal and replace” strategies and tactics being discussed by the new administration and other health care constituencies.

Jessica Waltman, principal at Forward Health Consulting and our resident expert on all things legislative and regulatory, joins us for a wrap-up on how November’s election results will affect the health care and employee benefits universe. In Part 1,  we focus on whether full-scale repeal and replace will happen or if other realities will make large-scale change a more complex and messier process.

For six years, the Republican party has put forward the idea of repealing the ACA and replacing it with a suitable option. With control of the executive branch and both houses of Congress, the Republican majority will have an opportunity to make its move. How will HHS Chairman-designate Dr. Tom Price change the debate? Will the House Republican’s plan gain wide acceptance? And how can these changes be implemented without disinsuring millions?

There are various schools of thought in play when it comes to making changes to the ACA. Jessica walks us through the opposing viewpoints and discusses the pros and cons of the various proposals. She provides context on just how they will impact consumers, businesses and advisors alike.

Changing the law will not be a simple process. The ACA is an extensive and complex piece of legislation. Abrupt changes can have unintended consequences that impact health care access, the economy and potentially the mid-term elections.

Listen in to find out what Jessica suggests the Trump administration can do right away that would positively impact businesses.

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