President Trump also signed an executive order instructing all government agencies to do what they can to ease the burden of Obamacare, according to National Public Radio.The executive orders Trump signed Friday are mostly procedural and largely for show.
Republicans are pledging a repeal of Obamacare and rapid votes on a replacement bill in order to prevent gaps in coverage and reassure a restless insurance industry. CNN reports that the act does not itself change the law; it allows parts of the ACA to be loosened before Congress can fully repeal it. New regulations cannot be issued overnight, but would have to follow a legally established process that requires public notice and an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the administration's changes.
The Cassidy-Collins legislation will compete with multiple reform bills under consideration, as well as proposals being drafted by the Trump administration.
The president has said the law should be repealed and replaced "simultaneously", a stiff challenge given the complexity of America's vast health care system.
On President Trump's first day in office he took action against the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as promised.
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A pair of GOP senators unveiled an Obamacare replacement plan Monday that allows states to keep the national health care program if they like it. "The costs of these vital public health efforts will either be passed along to states or the efforts will be eliminated, resulting in more people becoming sick and higher health care costs".
The Patient and Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, has insured more than 20 million people are now able to have affordable health insurance for their families. It was not clear from Conway's remarks whether President Donald Trump would try to use his executive authority to make the change, which would be much faster than writing new regulations or waiting on lawmakers.
An executive order still has to comply within the law, but the agencies, especially Health and Human Services, have a lot of flexibility in how they interpret the law.
Obamacare established new rules for private health insurance that carriers sell directly to individuals, and it set parameters for how states design their expanded Medicaid programs.