As President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress weigh changes to the Affordable Care Act, two women's health practitioners have some advice for how Washington should proceed as they consider reshaping the landmark public health program.
President Barack Obama's signature legislation has been coming apart at the seams as health insurers bolt public exchanges and insurance costs surge for many of Obamacare's 20 million users. Yet Molly Maloof, a physician, technologist and a wellness expert, told CNBC something that the GOP appears to be figuring out on its own: Repealing and replacing Obamacare may be easier said than done.
"I'm really concerned that reversing it will make the problem worse. I don't know if Trump totally understands the weight of this problem," Maloof told CNBC recently. As Congress and the president-elect move to reshape the legislation, the physician said she'd like to see more discussion around family planning and women's health care, which could take a hit under reform.
Still, even House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledged the challenges Obamacare reform presents. He told CNBC this week that a "reasonable" transition period was necessary, as to ensure the government was "not pulling the rug out from under people midstream."