President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at trying to fulfill one of the most impassioned campaign promises: Rolling back Obamacare. This was within hours of taking the oath of office.
Stated by the multi-part executive order that the administration’s official policy is “to seek the prompt repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. At the same time it emphasized that it must continue to uphold the law, reports CNN
Trump sent a powerful signal on the first day of his presidency with his signature: His top priority at the Oval Office will be to rip to shreds the health care law protecting about 20 million Americans.
Despitet changing the law, the order could have a significant impact nonetheless. It directs the secretary of health and human services and other agencies to interpret regulations as with a loose knot to cut down on financial burden on individuals, health care sources and others.
It emphasized the agencies can “waive, comply, grant expectations from or suspended implementation of any provision or necessities” of Obamacare which levies maximum load “ to the greatest extent acceptable by the law.”
Individual mandate, which requires most Americans to be covered or pay a penalty unless they show evidence of having financial hardship is one possible example in this case. Fewer people would have to pay the penalty, which would be at per with the executive order and the need to relieve Americans suffering from the Obamacare’s high costs.
The order also looks to contribute states more suppleness and control over their health care markets and to allow insurers to offer policies across state lines. However, much of the Obamacare has already been set in regulation, which a president does not have the authority to nullify and which can take months or even a year or two to change.
Timothy Jost, an emeritus professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, said that their will be a “smooth transition” to a GOP plan so that millions of Americans will not suddenly loose coverage. Trump has been told that he needs to comply with the law. He also added that he(Trump) is directing the Agencies to begin taking steps towards minimizing monitoring requirements and giving more discretion to America.
Trump has said he is nearly done working on a replacement proposal. Republican leaders in Congress, however, have said they have not been consulted.