Affordable Care Act panel talks changes under Trump Administration

Georgia ReedJan 22, 2017

United States President Donald Trump on Friday directed government agencies to freeze certain regulations and also signed an executive order to begin the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, Reuters reported.

The order did not direct any specific actions, instead giving broad authority to the Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies to take actions available to them under the law to ease regulatory requirements from ObamaCare.

Affordable Care Act panel talks changes under Trump Administration
Affordable Care Act panel talks changes under Trump Administration

Democrats have argued that gutting the law that mandates individuals buy health insurance and employers provide it would leave millions uninsured.

We had miserable and suffering Americans without proper and/or affordable health care before the Affordable Care Act, and we have miserable and suffering Americans without proper and/or affordable health care after the Affordable Care Act. Multiple proposals are expected to be introduced in the Senate this week, but top Senate Republicans say they still do not know Trump's plan.

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It's unclear how much of this order could be carried out before Price, if he's confirmed, is installed at HHS.

His comments followed Republican action to repeal the Affordable Care Act, amid political concerns that repeal before a replacement bill had been crafted would leave the GOP holding the bag if the program collapsed as they've warned. Medicare has worked successfully for those of us beyond 65, so why should people have to wait until 65 (or whatever) to get decent health insurance?

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Businesses with more than 50 full-time employees are required to offer employees healthcare plans, and insurance companies are banned from turning away people with pre-existing medical conditions.

During the campaign, Trump promised to "ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare".

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It's hard to predict what kind of healthcare system Trump is imagining for the country, especially when the mere mention of its existence is absent from the new White House website. "Congressional leaders should take a page out of these West Virginians' book and wait until a viable replacement plan is ready before repealing the entire law".

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