Donald Trump signs Executive Order to ‘ease the burdens’ of Obamacare
One of Donald Trump’s first acts as President was to sign an Executive Order (here we go again with the Executive Orders) directing agencies to “ease the burdens” of Obamacare related costs by seeing what they could do to cut back on burdensome regulations. Here is more:
Trump says in the order that he will be seeking “prompt repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. Pending full repeal, however, he will “take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act.” He also says the executive order will give individual states “more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.”
The executive order continues:
To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies (agencies) with authorities and responsibilities under the Act shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.
Here is part of what Politico had to say:
The order changes nothing immediately and doesn’t spell out exactly what Trump would like his government to do. But it sends a strong symbolic message to his supporters, while offering some clues to his direction.
In a way this action reminds me of when Barack Obama issued an Executive Order to shut down GITMO on his first day in office and we all know how that turned out. I am sick and tired of all these “symbolic” gestures but perhaps Politico is right when they write this sends a message to the Congress. However the article does suggest this could be the end of the individual mandate, we will have to wait and see because I am not sure it can be eliminated by Executive Order but it looks like the wheels have been put in motion.
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