“Trump may have issued his first executive order aimed at pushing along the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but what that order means isn’t entirely clear, analysts say.
“The executive order re-states his promise to repeal,” said Dan Mendelson, MPP, president of Avalere Health, a consulting firm here, in an email. “The document is largely rhetorical — in that it re-states his Administration’s commitment to repeal but doesn’t convey any new authorities.”
The order, which was issued late Friday, says that until the ACA is fully repealed, “it is imperative for the executive branch to ensure that the law is being efficiently implemented, take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.”
In addition, the order says that the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies … with authorities and responsibilities under the Act, shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.”
Source: MedPageToday.com – January 22, 2017
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