President Trump moved quickly and decisively today calling for agencies to “ease the burden” of and begin to repeal Obamacare.
Washington, D.C. – In staying true to his campaign promise, President Donald Trump signed an executive order today – the first in office – seeking a “prompt repeal” of the Affordable Care Act.
The executive order also directs agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay” any taxes or penalties possible and goes on to say:
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.
This step is a positive move which has been desired by republicans, libertarians, and some democrats for many years in their desire to repeal Obamacare.
By eliminating the centralization of healthcare, it can truly begin to be mended. Each department head is encouraged to assist states in the “development of a free and open market in interstate commerce for the offering of healthcare services and health insurance, with the goal of achieving and preserving maximum options for patients and consumers.”
Free market solutions are what is needed to mend the net between health care provisions and the states. With choices, providers must begin offering higher quality products along with better service to continue working with a consumer presented with more options.
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