Professor Mark Hall quoted in New York Times about future of Obamacare and possible Trump compromise

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Wake Forest School of Law Professor Mark Hall poses in the law library on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Professor Mark Hall was quoted in the New York Times article, “Why Keeping Only the Popular Parts of Obamacare Won’t Work,” writtent by Margot Sanger-Katz and published on Nov. 15, 2016.  The article was also posted in The Times-Picayune on Nov. 16, 2016.

President-elect Donald J. Trump has repeatedly voiced his intent to repeal Obamacare.  Recently, however, according to his interview with CNN and then the Wall Street Journal, Trump may compromise. He has signaled that there are some parts of the law he wants keep, including those rules that prevent discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.

In her article, Sanger Katz criticizes this attempt and explains why it is not a possibility, using various Obamacare statistics and other insurance statistics from the past year.

Professor Hall’s quotes appears in the following section of the article:

“We’ll see what happens when the economists bring the numbers to Mr. Trump.  His transition website suggests that he might develop a different solution to the problem: a special, separate insurance market just for sick people.

“But that plan is different from the more modest amendments to the Affordable Care Act he described to The Wall Street Journal.  It won’t be easy to keep the basic architecture of Obamacare while plucking out its least popular pieces.  (Another provision that Mr. Trump says he likes, the requirement that insurers cover young adults on their parents’ policies, would be easier to save.)

“Last year, I spoke with Mark Hall, a law professor at Wake Forest University who studied the states that had tried pre-existing conditions bans before Obamacare.  One of the Supreme Court cases threatened to wipe out the mandate and the subsides, and I asked him what would  happen if the litigates succeeded.

“‘It would be a big mess,’ he said.”