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January 4, 2017
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President-elect Trump and congressional Republicans have promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with something, they claim, will be much better. Economists, however, predict that anywhere from 3 to 21 million Americans will lose health coverage, depending on the plan.

And the fight over Obamacare extends beyond the coverage math. Under the law, fewer Americans are skipping doctors’ visits than before, for example. Most enrollees say they like their new coverage. But problems are real. The Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces have struggled to attract health insurers who want to sell coverage, creating serious questionsabout the sustainability of a major piece of the law. About half of Obamacare enrollees say that they’re unsatisfied with the high costs of premiums and deductibles.

These charts explain where Obamacare stands right now: who it covers, what is working and what needs a serious fix. They also show how Republicans envision changing the law, who the details would favor, and which people stand to lose coverage.

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