In what is sure to make both national and international headlines, President Donald Trump has decided to aggressively pursue the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
DFW Hospital Council President/CEO W. Stephen Love discussed the latest updates this week in an interview with Mitch Carr on KRLD 1080 AM Radio.
President Trump’s decision to kick off the battle to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law stunned lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who could face a potential reckoning from voters if the administration’s efforts succeed.
“Texas did not expand Medicaid, and so a lot of people believe such a repeal will not have an impact. But it will,” Love said. “Roughly 1.1 million Texans enrolled in the Affordable Care Plan, related to the ACA. What you’re looking at is people with preexisting conditions, about 25 percent of those enrolled, in addition to those already enrolled in the marketplace, would be at risk to lose coverage.”
Love stated Texas leads the nation in residents without healthcare insurance.
“If the repeal is successful, the number of residents without primary care providers will increase,” he said. “They will get sick and go to hospital emergency rooms for treatment. These services become bad debt, which in turn causes increased prices and the erosion of hospital margins.”
You can hear the full interview below.