Trump Gets Down to Business and Addresses Repeal of Obamacare

In the day-old Trump White House, there is no time to waste. On his inauguration day, now President Donald Trump signed an order on Obamacare that his press secretary, Sean Spicer, said would require government agencies to “ease the burden of the law.”

No further details were provided, but it was the shape of things to come. The White House did not immediately provide the order after Trump signed it in the Oval Office.

An avid Trump said over and over during the campaign he would repeal Obamacare, and Congress has passed a budget resolution allowing for a repeal to advance. It took less than four hours after he was sworn in to make good on his promise.

He had said that a replacement plan will provide “insurance for everybody,” at a January 11 press conference. He wanted to repeal it and a replacement policy to be passed “essentially simultaneously.” It is a certainty the Democrats and the largely hostile media will be watching his every move on Obama’s main legacy.

Spicer said Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, would issue a memo to government agencies ordering a freeze on new regulations. That should be accomplished next week.

donald trump signs first executive order - towards the repeal of Obamacare.
Donald Trump signs his first executive order.

Trump made his first day also a day of business in the nation’s capital. He also signed commissions for Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who were confirmed by the Senate late Friday. They will be sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence, Spicer said.

It was reported that Trump planned a two day vacation. But anyone who is close to the new president understands that “vacation” is a word he detests and has said there is no time for such trivialities.

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.


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.


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