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Host: Scott LaMar

The Legacy of the Affordable Care Act

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 26, 2017 3:20 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, February 27, 2017:

The Affordable Care Act or Obamacare is perhaps the most controversial issue of the past decade.  After surviving a U.S. Supreme Court decision and a rocky start, the ACA has changed healthcare as we knew it. 

For years, Republicans in Congress and Republican candidates for office called Obamacare a disaster for the nation -- often criticizing the part of the law that required Americans to have health insurance and the rising premiums.  Democrats pointed to the millions of people who were uninsured who now have health insurance or those with pre-existing conditions who were able to obtain insurance.

Now that there is a Republican president and majorities in the U.S. House and Senate, moves are underway to repeal the Affordable Care Act and possibly replace it.

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Transforming Health Reporter Ben Allen

WITF's Transforming Health reporter Ben Allen has produced a series that examines the winners under Obamacare and those who didn't make out so well.  It's called Healing and Hurting: Obama's Healthcare Legacy.  Ben Allen appears on Monday's Smart Talk to tell us more about the series and the future of healthcare.


- I'm surprised you don't have a representative from an insurance company on this program. Yes--- rates have gone up.... who do you think would pay for the ACA healthcare costs?

Do you think that the members who have an ACA plan have neglected their health due to lack of insurance? So when they DO present for care they are sicker and therefore costlier?

Another point- boohoo for the attorney who has MS- that truly sucks but how about his employees (if he has any).... clearly he doesn't offer them insurance and they make less than him to pay their premiums.                                                                                                                                 - Jen


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