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Author: Medicaid expansion through Obamacare weakened the program for the neediest patients

Chris Salcedo
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The Republicans ran for election or reelection in 2016 promising to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, because of the burden its cost has placed on the average American family. However, neither bill submitted by the House or Senate appears to be getting the job done.

On today's "Chris Salcedo Show," Chris Salcedo asked guest Dr. Dennis Deruelle, a medical doctor who wrote “Your Healthcare Playbook,” if he believes it’s even possible to repeal Obamacare. He says the current Senate bill seems to be “surgically ... rolling back certain parts of it and strengthening other parts.”

He explained that the ACA is now interwoven with Medicare, and has given Medicaid to 15 million more people that shouldn’t have been put on that entitlement as it was designed. He said, “You get a ticket to the game, but when you get there there’s no seat” in explaining how hard it is for Medicaid patients to get into specialists now.

Although all of the people on this program are assigned a primary care doctor, many require specialized care which is simply not available. He longs for the days when the “doctor stuck up for the patient against the insurance company” and lamented that we've gone so far afield.

To see more from Chris, visit his channel onTheBlaze and listen live to “The Chris Salcedo Show” weekdays 2–5 p.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio Network.

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