The healthcare debate is arguably more relevant today than ever before. Republicans have long said they want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly nicknamed Obamacare. But not everyone is in favor of such a repeal and replace policy.

"Previously, it was very expensive for me to have healthcare," said Eagle Rock father, Mark Dadlani. He praised the Affordable Care Act, saying it enabled him to purchase affordable health insurance for his wife and two daughters.

And he's not alone. Thousands have shown their support for the Affordable Care Act at hundreds of town hall gatherings across the nation.

Supporters say Obamacare is beneficial for low-income Americans who would otherwise not be able to afford health insurance. Many young people also support the ACA because it allows them to stay on their parents' healthcare plan until age 26.

Congressman Brad Sherman is one of the leading proponents of the Affordable Care Act. He applauded the ACA for providing health coverage to Americans with pre-existing conditions.

"Without the Affordable Care Act, people with pre-existing conditions are not going to get coverage," he said just moments after wrapping up a congressional town hall on the topic in Van Nuys.


On the other side, many Americans feel the ACA is ruining the American healthcare system. "Obamacare is the worst law that ever came out of Washington," said Arthur Schapper, a conservative activist and Donald Trump supporter.

Schapper, the president of the Beach Cities Republicans, noted his reasoning for fighting against Obamacare is due to a sharp rise in his premiums immediately after the ACA went into effect, thus making health insurance unaffordable for him.

"The premiums were 300 dollars per month I could not afford that," he said, noting that the Affordable Care Act "was total lies. Obama had pushed this program – you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. You like your plan; you can keep your plan. It was a total fraud. Obamacare must go straight to Hell."

But the critics of Obamacare do not solely include those whose premiums have gone up. In fact, many medical professionals, including doctors, also have concerns with the Affordable Care Act.

"Some of the patients that I have taken care of for years are not able to see me anymore," said Dr. Afshine Emrani. Emrani, director of Los Angeles Heart Specialists, acknowledged that while the ACA has some positive aspects, many doctors oppose it because it has created more problems than benefits for the medical industry.

"Anybody who has a pre-existing condition should be insurable. So that was a good thing Obamacare provided," Emrani said. "But in terms of the cost, this system is not sustainable. We need something else."

So just what is that "something else?" That's a question Dadlani worries even the Republicans may not yet have an answer to yet.

"If they repeal it and have nothing to replace it with, that's my biggest fear."

Rep. Sherman, who has represented the San Fernando Valley in the House of Representatives since 1997, said he, too, fears such an outcome could become the reality.

"They want to keep all of the good parts," the 62-year-old congressman said, chuckling, referring to his Republican counterparts. "If you keep all of the good parts, you end up keeping all of the Affordable Care Act."