Donald Trump, GOP agree ACA issue to emerge before 2016 presidential elections — 5 takeaways

At a private strategy meeting on Thursday, Donald Trump and Senate Republicans both agreed that the Affordable Care Act will re-emerge as an explosive political issue before the November elections, according to The Hill.

Here are five takeaways:

1. Republicans point to reports of rising premiums in arguing the public will turn firmly against the reform law. They said that a fight over the ACA could help elect a GOP president this fall and keep the Senate in Republican hands.

2. Republicans are defending 24 seats in this year's election, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Florida.

3. Lawmakers who attended the meeting said Mr. Trump expects the administration might attempt to postpone the start of the ACA enrollment period until after the elections.

4. Though the administration delayed the ACA's enrollment in 2014, healthcare experts say the chances of a delay this year are slim to none because it would require a new round of rule-making.

5. A recent poll conducted by NPR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found one in four people said the ACA has hurt them directly, compared to just 15 percent who said it has helped them.

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