California Healthline: What a GOP-Controlled Congress Could Mean for the Affordable Care Act

by Anthony Wilson, California Healthline Contributing Editor

In a matter of weeks, the midterm election will determine the balance of legislative power between Democrats and Republicans. With many observers expecting Republicans to win enough seats to gain control of Congress, could the party repeal the Affordable Care Act?

First, let’s take a look at the math.

Republicans are expected to maintain their majority in the House. In the Senate, there are currently 53 Democrats, 45 Republicans and two independents (both of whom caucus with the Democrats). Thirty-six seats are up for grabs in the midterm election, 21 of which are held by Democrats and 15 by Republicans.

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