What is the future of the Affordable Care Act?

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What is the future of the Affordable Care Act if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the U.S. supreme court? We talked about what happens to those who are covered by the ACA and the impact on the healthcare system overall, with Swapna Reddy of ASU’s college of health solutions.

Open enrollment starts November 1st, and then nine days later the hearing takes place. The main problem with all of this is the confusion it’s causing for consumers. Not only is there the future of the Affordable Care Act, but it’s also the Supreme Court hearing of Barrett and the national election.

Reddy thinks that the future of the Affordable Care Act is in danger. It has the potential to be put back in front of the Supreme Court with a different setup this time.

“We know that we have 18 G.O.P. State Attorney Generals that are fighting against the Affordable Care Act, including the president’s administration. One of those states, by the way, is Arizona.”

What does this mean for ACA and people who rely on it? Reddy replies that there’s not a lot of answers just a lot of questions which is a confusing and why people are calling it chaos.

“In Arizona we have a Medicaid expansion reinstated, and over 440,000 people in Arizona have gained health insurance coverage through medicaid expansion. So big question, what happens to all of those people if we repeal the ACA?”
The chaos would not pursue only through the healthcare aspect but also for doctors, drug companies, and hospitals. ACA is rooted in our system for a decade now and Reddy says that it will not be easy.

Swapna Reddy, JD, DrPH, MPH/Arizona State University College of Health Solution, Assistant Professor

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