What Will Happen to Covered California?

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SACRAMENTO -- Jack Purdy's frustrated in a lot of directions when it comes to  America's choice for its next president.

"I was unpleasantly unsurprised," he said.

But while some voters are most worried about Donald Trump fulfilling his new role as commander-in-chief, Purdy's concerned about him being an obliterator-in-chief in his first 100 days.

"We've got to repeal and replace Obamacare," Trump said during many of his stops along the campaign trail.

"Because of being uninsured before the [Affordable Care Act] I hadn't been to a dentist in 10 years. I had not been able to go to the doctor when I'm sick, beyond just showing up at an ER," said Purdy.

"I had an asthma attack when I was 13, and I was uninsurable for the rest of my life," shared Beth Capell.

She eventually got coverage through her husband's employer, but that was the only plan that would take her.

"I had no choice. The only coverage I could get was that coverage, and when we got divorced that was the only coverage I could buy. I tried.  I tried to buy other coverage and I couldn't," she said.

Capell knows insurance battles well as a patient and as the policy advocate for California's consumer health advocacy coalition, Health Access.

Though it may appear that the GOP's sweep of the White House, House and Senate means there's nothing to be done to save the ACA as it stands, she says no.

"He cannot act unilaterally. It will take at least 60 votes in the Senate to undo some of the key elements in the Affordable Care Act," said Capell.

One of those elements is the provision that someone can't be denied over a pre-existing condition.

The next Senate will only have 51 sitting Republicans.

Open enrollment for health insurance is underway right now through Covered California.

No one from that agency would speak to FOX40 on camera about this issue for this story.

Capell says there's no reason you shouldn't sign up, no reason to not protect yourself from the kind of massive financial hit treatment for uninsured illness could bring.

"We have committed ourselves to defending the Affordable Care Act," said Capell.

With their walls adorned with framed newspaper clippings from 2012 when the ACA passed, Health Access advocates are already lobbying state and federal lawmakers with emails to ensure insurance for the uninsured doesn't flatline.

They also spent Wednesday meeting with some of those lawmakers in person.

If you're an ACA beneficiary, you may also get an email from Health Access, asking you to share your story as part of its campaign to keep this coverage in place.

If you'd like to volunteer your story just click on the Survey Monkey link on the Health Access website.

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