While sitting at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office for the very first time, President Donald Trump signed an executive order. The order was designed to “minimize the economic burdenweight of Obamacare.
Standing at Trump’s side were senior advisor Jared Kushner, Vice President Mike Pence, and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
Priebus laid out the executive order on Trump’s desk titled “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal.”
Trump assured his supporters during the 2016 campaign to stop the Affordable Health Care Act — he vowed that on day one of his government he’d “ask Congress to immediately give the full repeal of Obamacare.”
The current order says that until the Affordable Care Act is repealed, the executive branch must take activities to “minimize the unwarranted and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare marketplace.”
The executive order also calls for the leaders of all federal agencies to prevent any Obamacare actions that might cause any financial or regulatory weight. New White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not offer details on exactly how this new order could be carried out this evening, when questioned by reporters.
“Chief of Staff Reince Preibus will send out a memo to departments and all agencies that will ask them to abide by a regulatory freeze going forward until further notified,” Spicer said of the executive order.
The Affordable Care Act was a signature piece of legislation for the Obama administration. But repealing Obama’s landmark bill was a basis of the 2016 Republican platform. Out on the trail, Trump called Obamacare “a disaster.”
Republican leaders in Congress have gone forth and back on timeline—and process—for replacing and repealing Obamacare, trying to quell constituent anxieties if changes are enacted they may lose their health insurance.
During an appearance on “This Week, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, “ Any American who has insurance now, through an ‘Obamacare’ exchange or through the Obama plan itself, should have no stress about losing their insurance.” was told by ” Pence.
“Nobody is interested in pulling the carpet out from under anybody,” said Price.
So what does this mean for those on Obama Care / Affordable Health care ?!
20 million people are at risk of losing their coverage due to various reasons, and everything is still highly uncertain.
Those on Medicaid (everyone who is covered through their employer and children who are included in their parents plan) have reasons to be concerned.
If you are on Medicaid your state might change the program back to the way it used to be as the Republicans tried to turn Medicaid into a privatized program.
It’s impossible to give more concrete answers at the given time and we will see what happens as time goes on. For now it would be a good idea to get covered and prepare to stay covered. Making sure the savings are there to cover a premium in case it’s needed is a must.
But FOR NOW the ACA is still in effect until further notice!