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As one of his major campaign promises, President-elect Donald Trump has touted his position to "repeal and replace" ObamaCare for quite some time.

However, according to a medical expert, the shift will take time.

Dr. Nicole Saphier, a radiologist at Memorial-Sloane Kettering in New York, joined Ainsley Earhardt Tuesday on Fox & Friends to discuss the future of ObamaCare, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

"As 20 million Americans are newly covered by insurance companies, we're finding very quickly that we are ill-equipped to deal with this work burden as well as the financial burden that is put on us," Saphier said.

According to Saphier, companies have had to hire fewer employees to offset ACA costs. The medical field is already experiencing a 20,000 physician deficit, she said, and that number has been projected to quintuple over the next decade if things stay the same.

Saphier said focusing on the strengths of ObamaCare, such as increased coverage, inclusion of patients with pre-existing conditions and keeping children on health care plans until age 26, and including doctors in the conversation are key factors in replacing the program.

"Replacing ObamaCare is not something that can be done overnight with a sledgehammer," she said. "We are going to need the fine precision of a scalpel in order to make something successful." 

Watch the segment above and share your thoughts in the comments.


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