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5 Things You Need to Know About the Obamacare Replacement

March 9, 2017

On Monday, congressional Republicans finally released their plan to remake the Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare. Repealing and replacing the landmark legislation, which extended health coverage to more than 20 million Americans after it was signed into law by President Barack Obama seven years ago this month, has been a campaign promise of Republican candidates for years and helped catapult Donald Trump to the presidency in November. You can read the full text here, although I have no idea why you’d want to.

Obamacare has been a boon to veterans. As of 2014, there were some 1.2 millions vets in the U.S. who lacked health coverage, and only 8.9 million out of the country’s 22 million vets enrolled in VA health benefits. A 2016 Urban Institute report found that the uninsured rate for nonelderly veterans fell by a whopping 42% between 2013 and 2015 alone, declining from 11.9% to 8.5% to 6.8%, according to data from the National Health Interview Survey.

Here are five of the biggest Obamacare-repeal takeaways for vets:

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