Trump signed E.O., “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal”

This executive order gives federal agencies wide discretion to begin changing pieces of the ACA that they find “burdensome”

The order sets out four areas of policy priorities for generally for upcoming healthcare reform, with or without a replacement to the Affordable Care Act (ACA): (1) the ACA should be repealed promptly, (2) states should have more flexibility and control, (3) the healthcare market should be free and open with the maximum amount of options for consumers across state lines, (4) neither states, individuals, healthcare providers, nor insurers should have a fiscal burden.

At the NY Times, Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Robert Pear report that the executive order fails to specify which parts of the law it addresses, instead it gives the federal agencies wide discretion to “change, delay, or waive provisions of the law that they deemed overly costly for insurers, drug makers, patients, or states.” Continue reading “Trump signed E.O., “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal””