With the results of the presidential election and the race for control of the Senate still undecided, it’s also not entirely clear what will happen to the many healthcare issues facing Congress, the president, and federal agencies. We asked experts to discuss the possibilities under a Trump administration or a Biden administration, and how a Democratic- or Republican-controlled Senate might play out.
The Affordable Care Act and Other Reforms
If President Trump wins re-election, what can Americans expect to see as far as healthcare reform? “Nothing,” said Kavita Patel, MD, MPH, a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a primary care physician. “I think he’ll be betting the Supreme Court decision could invalidate the ACA [Affordable Care Act], and there’s no reason to try to do anything in advance of that,” she said referring to the California v. Texas lawsuit, a case that centers around whether the law as a whole can stand now that the individual mandate penalty has been eliminated. Oral arguments in the Supreme Court case are expected on Nov. 10.