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As Obamacare enrollment nears end, battle lines are drawn over the law's future

December 4, 2018
In The News

The Republican legislative effort to kill the Affordable Care Act may be dead, but even a united Democratic majority in the House may not be able to stop President Donald Trump from chipping away at the provisions of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

As open enrollment for 2019 nears its end, the Trump administration is taking aggressive new steps to address what it sees as failures in the current health care system and promote alternatives to the sometimes-pricy health insurance plans that provide all the benefits mandated by the ACA, often called Obamacare.

"Number one is health care, making absolutely sure people with pre-existing conditions are protected from discrimination,” Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., told KATU last month when asked what Democrats’ priorities will be in 2019. “We have had a lot of conversations about that, and addressing the spiraling cost of prescription drugs.”