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Trump, in Oval Office, signs first order on Obamacare

By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton | WASHINGTON ….President Donald Trump directed government agencies on Friday to freeze regulations and take steps to weaken Obamacare, using his first hours in the White House to make good on a campaign promise to start dismantling his predecessor’s healthcare law.

Heading into the Oval Office shortly after the conclusion of his inaugural parade, Trump signed an order on the Affordable Care Act that urged government departments to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation" of provisions that imposed fiscal burdens on states, companies or individuals.

It also called for efforts to give states greater flexibility in implementing healthcare programs while developing "a free and open market in interstate commerce for the offering of healthcare services and health insurance."

Health experts had speculated that Trump could expand exemptions from the so-called individual mandate, which requires Americans to carry insurance or face a penalty, or the requirement that employers offer coverage.

Experts also believe the administration could try to reduce the “essential benefits,” such as maternity care and mental health services, that insurance plans must cover.

The White House did not provide further details about the executive order.

Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer said the White House also directed an immediate regulatory freeze for all government agencies in a memo from Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus. He did not offer details.

Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, one of former President Barack Obama’s signature laws, was a central pledge for Trump during the presidential election campaign. Republicans in the U.S. Congress have not yet laid out a plan to recast the insurance program.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday evening designed to "ease the burden" of Obamacare.

The order "directs the departments and agencies to ease the burden of Obamacare as we transition to repeal and replace," White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters. It was not clear exactly what the order instructs the federal agencies to do.

Trump pledged throughout his presidential campaign and transition period to repeal and replace Obamacare. His campaign website vowed to ask Congress "to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare" on Day One of his administration, which began with his swearing-in Friday afternoon.

Congress has already done its part to start repealing the health care law from the legislative branch through what’s known as reconciliation, a budget procedural rule that allows the Senate to skirt the 60-vote filibuster threshold.

 

President Trump’s first policy action was an executive order targeting Obamacare, acting on his pledge to eviscerate the law

Friday, January 20, 2017 9:57 PM EST

 

President Trump on Friday issued an order to government agencies to scale back as many aspects of the Affordable Care Act as possible, moving within hours of being sworn in to fulfill his pledge to eviscerate Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

The one-page order, which Mr. Trump signed in a hastily arranged Oval Office ceremony shortly before departing for the inaugural balls, gave no specifics about which aspects of the law he wanted to target. But its broad language gave federal agencies wide latitude to change, delay or waive provisions of the law that they deemed overly costly for insurers, drug makers, doctors, states or patients, suggesting that it could have wide-ranging impact, and essentially allowing the dismantling of the law to begin even before Congress moves to repeal it.

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