By Nancy Niles, MPH, MS, MBA, PhD
Author of Basics of the U.S. Health Care System, 3rd Edition
The Affordable Care Act is a very complex healthcare law that resulted in an extensive set of regulations with several deadlines established over the years to implement the act. The Republicans have tried to repeal it for years. I was shocked and dismayed that they had no replacement at hand to repeal and replace. This process is often called 'repeal and delay' because the process can be so lengthy. Obamacare has to be defunded and then replaced with another program. There are already competing bills regarding the replacement. There are many in the majority party worried about the proposed options to replace this system.