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Obama health chief huddles with Dems to fight ObamaCare repeal

Obama health chief huddles with Dems to fight ObamaCare repeal
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Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell met with congressional Democrats on Thursday to warn of the dangers of the Republican “repeal and delay” strategy for ObamaCare and discuss ways to fight back against repeal efforts.

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Burwell met with House Democrats in the morning and then Senate Democrats at their lunch in the afternoon. 

She warned of market chaos she said would come if Republicans repealed ObamaCare without a replacement, even if they delayed the repeal going into effect for a couple of years. 

Healthcare experts have been warning that insurers could drop out of the market because of the uncertainty in this interim period, leaving current ObamaCare enrollees with no options for coverage. 

Burwell echoed those concerns. 

“It's very important to understand that a repeal and a delayed replacement is a situation where it is basically repeal and chaos in terms of what will ensue, because of the uncertainty that gets presented to insurers, providers, consumers and states,” Burwell told reporters on her way out of the Senate lunch. 

The outgoing health secretary also spoke with lawmakers about how members can use time in their districts to talk to people about the dangers of ObamaCare repeal, and encouraged Democrats to stay united. 

HHS distributed materials to lawmakers about its “Coverage Matters” campaign, which features stories from people about why their ObamaCare coverage is important to them. 

The Department also distributed the summary of an Urban Institute report released Wednesday, warning that repeal of ObamaCare would cause the uninsured rate to more than double, increasing by 29.8 million people.