Death By A 1000 Administrative Cuts:
Trump will later say ... it was just bad ... I didn't do anything ... it just failed on its own.
Jan. 21, 2017 2:48 PM ET How Trump's executive order impacts future of 'Obamacare' By JULIE PACE and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first executive order targets the sweeping "Obamacare" law by giving federal agencies broad leeway to chip away at the measure. But Trump still needs Congress to do away with the law for good.
Trump signed the executive order in the Oval Office Friday, hours after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
The one-page directive gives agencies authority to grant waivers, exemptions and delays of provisions in the Affordable Care Act. But until it becomes clear what steps federal agencies take as a result, its full impact on Americans and their health insurance is uncertain.
JAN 21, 2017 AT 10:56 AM Trump’s Executive Order On Obamacare Means Everything And Does Nothing By Anna Maria Barry-Jester Filed under The Trump Administration
The strategy seems to be to destroy the "healthcare marketplace" ... how ironic for the GOP ... so much for their core values.
In the arguments being made (3/15/2017) giving people "choice" is going to make "health insurance" affordable and accessible. Somehow doctors and other healthcare workers are going to be paid less and hospital stays are going to become less expensive so insurance costs will fall. It is implicit that the "marketplace" will be transformed, perform more efficiently, etc. How?
There are things that can be done to advance the goals of "affordable and accessible" -- choice is not one!
Consumer Reports: House Pulls GOP Health Insurance Bill, but Some Changes Already Are Underway Doing what it can, the Trump administration has started watering down the Affordable Care Act - Donna Rosato Last updated: March 24, 2017
... The changes could result in sharply higher premiums and less coverage for many. For example, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has said he wants to water down regulations requiring insurers to offer comprehensive coverage in 10 areas, including maternity care, prescription drugs and mental health services.
Consumers already are worried they could be priced out of the market. In a recent nationally representative CR Consumer Voices Survey, 55 percent said they’re not sure they or their loved ones could afford insurance to get quality healthcare. ...
...The mandate requires most people to buy insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS ($695 per adult and $347.50 per child under 18 but no more than 2.5 percent of your gross income). In February, the IRS followed Trump’s order when it announced it would no longer automatically reject the tax return of someone who didn’t check the box confirming health coverage or fill out the form to pay a penalty. People who don’t have insurance still owe the penalty— but the IRS isn’t going to hold up your return if you don’t provide the information.
Another executive action took aim at the ACA’s most recent open-enrollment period. Just five days before the January 31 signup deadline, the Trump administration directed Health and Human Services to halt TV ads encouraging people to sign up and ended other outreach efforts. ...#TrumpCare #RyanCare Still Plan to Gut #ACA #Medicaid #Medicare (WI 1848 Forward) and blame it on #Obama - no replacement in sight
WI 1848 Forward: #Trump #UnFair ExecutiveOrder- #Obamacare Means Everything And Does Nothing - #ACA to be gutted