By Earnest Jones   |  01-23-2017   News
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In a report made by a senior White House official on Sunday, the Trump administration may no longer enforce a rule requiring Individual Americans to carry health insurance or pay a penalty if they do not.

In a statement made on ABC’s “This Week” program, Kellyanne Conway who is a counselor to the President made it clear that President Donald Trump may stop enforcing individual mandate.

Conway also clarified on CBS “ Face the Nation” show, by reiterating the Republican promises that no one would lose their health insurance under Obamacare while a replacement was being sought and developed. Adding that the 20 million who rely on the Affordable Care Act in one way, they’ll not be without coverage during this transition time.

President Trump signed an executive order on Friday concerning the 2010 healthcare law, he urged U.S. agencies to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of provisions deemed to impose fiscal burdens on states, companies or individuals. Healthcare experts had speculated that Trump could expand exemptions from the individual mandate.

Mitch McConnell who is the Senate Majority Leader, made a statement on “Fox News Sunday” in which he reiterated the Republican promises to replace Obamacare and allow patients to buy health insurance across state lines using health savings accounts. Adding that Trump’s administration is going to move carefully in conjunction with the administration to repeal and replace it with things like health savings accounts and interstate health insurance sales and high-risk pools at the state level to take care of people who have pre-existing conditions.

Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price who is a Republican Representative made a statement last week to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, that an overhaul of Obamacare will initially focus on individual health plans sold on online exchanges and the Medicaid health insurance program for Americans who earn low-income.

He also emphasized that the revamp would not immediately take changes to Medicare, the federal health insurance program for those 65 and older and people with disabilities. However, President Trump has insisted that he intends to keep some elements of Obamacare, such include allowing young adults to be covered under their parents insurance. President Trump is in favor of plans that use health savings accounts and the sale of insurance across state lines.

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