During the campaign, the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was viciously attacked by Donald Trump. He can’t repeal it without going through Congress. There is no replacement program.
So what has he done with his January 20, 2017 Executive Order? Some will tell you he has reduced the economic burdens of the program on Americans. This nice sounding language is in the executive order.
The ACA requires a lot of administration, because insurance plans must conform to certain coverage standards. What the Executive Order does, is to allow all agencies of government the ability to make Obamacare worse, by ignoring administrative responsibilities.
Today’s headines in the NY Daily News, called the Executive Order will gut or dismantle Obamacare. It is designed to add a new layer of confusion to the administration of the program- just make it look worse than it is.
Trumpcare doesn’t exist. What insurance companies need in order to grow, is to insure fewer people with health problems. This is why they want the ability to deny coverage or limit benefits to many people. The ACA was our country’s first real attempt to make these denials impossible. But, there had to be penalties for Americans who refused to either obtain private insurance or through the ACA exchanges because the system would not work if only people with health problems got insurance.