Trump Makes His Move on Obamacare

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President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order to ease the logjam on the Affordable Care Act after Congress failed to repeal the law. I am “starting that process” to repeal Obamacare. It will be the “first steps to providing millions of Americans with Obamacare relief,” he said.

It is just the beginning of the administration’s actions on the health-care law. Shortly after the announcement, “experts” warned of coming instability in Obamacare markets with proposed cheaper plans that they say will divert healthy people away from Obamacare plans.

Not surprisingly, Democrats who passed Obamacare without a single Republican vote, called it “sabotage.” The executive order largely does not make changes itself. It directs agencies to issue new regulations or guidance.

The president’s idea is to expand the ability of small businesses and other groups to band together to buy health insurance through what are known as association health plans (AHPs). It also lifts limits on short-term health insurance plans.

“Experts” warn that healthier people could join cheaper plans, leaving the sicker people in Obamacare plans. That could possibly raise premiums for Obamacare plans or lead to insurers simply withdrawing.

Trump makes his move on Obamacare.
Donald Trump makes his move on Obamacare.

The question is whether the administration will enforce the individual and employer mandates. The largest hospital association said an executive order signed by President Trump on Thursday could destabilize insurance markets and make coverage unaffordable for people with pre-existing conditions, according to the American Hospital Association in a statement.

Trump has tired of gridlock in Congress. A majority of Republicans in both Houses had vowed the last seven years to repeal and replace the law. The president is using his power to shake up elected officials and get a comprehensive dialogue started in a divided Washington.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.

Publishing

Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, “Redistribution of Common Sense – Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014,” was published in July, 2014. “The Game Changer – America’s Most Stunning Presidential Election in History,” was published in April 2017.

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Dwight is a native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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