Republican-led Senate takes first step to repeal 'Obamacare'

The Republican-led Senate made its first move toward repealing the Affordable Care Act Thursday morning. Senators approved the measure, and the Republican-controlled House is expected

The Senate has passed a measure to take the first step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law.

The Senate has passed a measure to take the first step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law. (1/12/17)

PATCHOGUE - The Republican-led Senate made its first move toward repealing the Affordable Care Act Thursday morning. Senators approved the measure, and the Republican-controlled House is expected to vote Friday.

Cancer patient Susanne Morena, of Mastic Beach, says she's still hopeful a repeal won't happen.

"I hope people come to their senses," says Morena.

Others say the health care law never really did what it was supposed to and should be replaced with something that works better.

"It took away patient care and integrity of the doctors because now they have to answer to the insurance companies and big pharma and it's just a nightmare," says Kim Adamo, an ultrasound technician.

Exactly what happens next and how quickly it happens seems unclear to many who are watching closely.

"We have suspicions about what might happen," says Dr. Charles Rothberg, of the Medical Society of the State of New York. "We think that people who purchased their insurance for 2017, their contract will be honored and they would be covered through 2017. What happens beyond that, we don't know."

During a Wednesday news conference, President-elect Donald Trump said, "We're going to be submitting, as soon as our secretary is approved, almost simultaneously, shortly thereafter, a plan. It'll be repeal and replace."

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office, more than 2 million people in New York would be without coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. About 300,000 of those are on Long Island.

Health care organizations tell News 12 that they are still enrolling people in the program.

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