POLITICS
06/27/2016 12:41 pm ET

This Is What Would Happen If You Repealed Obamacare

It'd be a great, big mess.

WASHINGTON -- Republicans are once again running for election on a promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's landmark 2010 health care reform initiative also known as Obamacare.

Every Republican from presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.) on down paints a terrible picture of the health law and vows that getting rid of it will make the health care system much better.

And even though doing that would eliminate some stuff Americans really dislike (such as the individual mandate requiring nearly everyone to get health coverage or face a fine), a lot of popular things would go away with it (like guaranteed coverage for people with pre-existing conditions).

Plus, more than 20 million people would lose benefits and become uninsured, reversing a historic trend of expanded coverage.

Last week, Ryan finally unveiled an outline for a plan that purports to "replace" the Affordable Care Act, but it's got a lot of holes in it. And Trump's ideas about health care might be even worse.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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