The fight over the fate of the Affordable Care Act officially took off in Congress this week, with Senate Republicans taking the initial legislative step toward repealing the measure as many advocates warned that eliminating the law without replacing it could leave more than 20 million people uninsured.
On a smaller scale, the debate entered the entrepreneur Twitter world, with some entrepreneurs this week sharing how the ACA had enabled them to jump ship from their jobs to start their own companies. It was by no means a mass social media movement, but it highlighted how the repeal of the ACA could affect the health care startup world.
I would NOT have been able to start a startup without Obamacare. #truefact
— Ethan O. Perlstein (@eperlste) January 13, 2017
Same here. https://t.co/78qbrmrfOz
— Cheryl Kellond (@XXfounder) January 13, 2017
The tweets came as the Obama administration said this week that one in five customers on the insurance marketplaces set up by the ACA was a small business owner or self employed.