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While it acknowledged some uncertainty, the CBO estimated that over a 10-year period, repealing the law would increase federal budget deficits by 3 billion.

A more recent estimate by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget mirrored what the CBO found -- 0 billion over 10 years.

Another quarter of the revenue losses would come from repealing fees on insurers, medical-device companies and drugmakers.

Georgia first rolled out its work requirements for the food stamp program in three counties in January 2016.

One provision of the Affordable Care Act dramatically cut the amount that seniors on Medicare have to pay for their medicines.

(This is known as "closing the doughnut hole" because prior to the law’s passage, beneficiaries got some coverage up to a certain dollar amount, and then none until high-dollar, catastrophic coverage provisions kicked in.) How much more will Americans have to pay out of pocket?

But these mandates for everyone to secure coverage are likely to be repealed since they were among the least popular elements of the law.

To stay afloat, insurers might have to quit providing insurance or raise premiums for many or all of the people they insure.

The Urban Institute study further estimated that 66 percent of those losing coverage would have a high school education or less.

Today, roughly 28 million Americans are uninsured, down from 41.3 million in 2013, due in large part to the Affordable Care Act, with its expansion of Medicaid, the creation of online health insurance marketplaces, the ability of young people to stay on their parents’ coverage through age 26, and the mandates that everyone purchase a health insurance plan.

In 2015, the Congressional Budget Office -- the nonpartisan number-crunching arm of Congress -- said that the number of additional Americans who would lose coverage or be unable to get it for the first time would start at 19 million in the first year and increase incrementally before leveling off to 24 million within a couple of years.

The Republican Congress and the incoming Trump administration opened 2017 by trying to decide how -- and how quickly -- to repeal President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

What path lawmakers take on repealing and replacing the law will determine the impact on the American public.

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