Trump’s election, GOP majority puts ‘Obamacare’ at risk
President-elect Donald Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and some Long Island residents wonder what impact it will have on them.
Jason Samel is an insurance broker who helps enroll Long Islanders in coverage plans. He also has his personal health insurance through the ACA and worries for his family and millions of others who could lose their coverage.
"We really don't know what to expect from him and I think that's what's scary," he says.
There are others who say they are excited to see what happens, including diner owner Mike Panagatos.
Panagatos says the Affordable Care Act prevented him from expanding his business because buying another place would mean more employees. Under the act, small businesses with 50 or more employees are required to provide health insurance.
"It was something we could not absorb, so we made sure to stay under the 50 employees," says Panagatos.
Panagatos says his plans for expansion are still on the back burner, but he is hoping things will change soon.