President Donald Trump is well on his way to fulfilling a strong campaign promise- the repeal of the highly- contested ObamaCare. A few hours after being inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America, President Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to ease the burden of ObamaCare, the signature health program of former president Barack Obama.
While it has yet to be fully clarified what practical implications or effects the said order would bring, it would give broad authority to the Department of Health and Human Devices and other agencies to take actions available to them under the law to ease regulatory requirements from ObamaCare. It compels agencies to target provisions that impose a fiscal burden on a state or a cost, or regulatory burden on individuals or businesses.
Definitive congressional action would still be needed to make major changes in ObamaCare. President Trump has repeatedly said he will make it his administration's goal to eventually repeal the law. Congress has already taken the crucial first steps toward repealing ObamaCare through the complex budget reconciliation process.
For the meantime, the executive order can't eat away at the health law's individual insurance mandated by granting more exemptions to people so they do not have to buy plans. Republicans have already established that they want to loosen the rules around the requirements of ObamaCare on what specific health care services an insurance plan must cover.
President Trump signed the order, one of his first official acts as president, in front of reporters at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. The new president was flunked by his Vice President, Mike Pence, and chief of staff Reine Priebus, along with senior advisers Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner.