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Obamacare Concerns in South Florida After Trump's Win

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    NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez talks to people who are concerned about what will happen to Obamacare when Donald Trump takes office. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016)

    Sunshine Life and Health Advisors answers questions every day about the Affordable Care Act, but the day after Donald Trump's election victory, the owner says the agency has received a high volume of calls.

    The open enrollment period for health insurance began on November 1st, but the calls at Sunshine Life and Health Advisors on November 9th are pouring in.

    The big question for these agents who assist with enrollment, what will happen with Obamacare under a Trump presidency?

    "We've pretty much been telling them that nothing is going to happen immediately or abruptly. That if there are changes, they will happen slowly and with time," said Odalys Arevalo, Sunshine Life and Health Advisors.

    Crystal Mirabal said she's concerned about her insurance coverage and any potential changes, specifically if rates will increase or decrease.

    "First day after he got elected, I came directly here to speak to one of my agents because I needed to know is it going to go away. Is it not. If he does what he says, it's going to be a problem," said Mirabal.

    Last week, president-elect Trump pledged to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and called it a catastrophe.

    Now, many wonder how this will be executed, particularly when it comes to the millions of people registered under the Obamacare exchange market.

    "Someone called a little while ago and said is Obamacare going away? Do we have 90 days left? People are not understanding that the president-elect does now go until office really until January. These plans start in January and nothing is going to happen immediately," said Odalys.

    Odalys added that since the Affordable Care Act is currently the law, anyone who willingly went without health coverage this year will most likely have to pay a fine when they file their taxes.

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