DAY ONE: The End of Obamacare Begins

January 25, 2016

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The tables have turned. On Friday night after President Trump’s inauguration, I read his Executive Order (EO) against the Affordable Care Act and smiled. It was his first shot across the bow. Read our statement to the media.
 
The Left is not smiling. They feel like many of us felt when Obama signed the $831 billion Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) less than a month after his election. Most Americans still don’t know that ARRA is why most doctors have electronic medical records and spend their time clicking computer boxes instead of looking at their patient’s faces.
 
President Trump is doing what he said he’d do. What he’ll do after the first few months, no one knows. Perhaps smiles will fade away, but for the moment Americans are happy to see Trump use EOs to put a freeze on hiring federal workers, stop pending regulations, prohibit federal funds for abortion overseas, pull America out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership—and empower his Secretary of Health and Human Services to protect Americans and their pocketbooks from the ACA.
 
 
“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.”
 
Some conservatives have bristled, thinking this EO is the Trump version of Obama bypassing Congress. Not true. Democrats empowered Trump’s administration. The ACA mentions “Secretary” 1,853 times. The word is found on 695 pages of the 907-page version of the ACA. The ACA is littered with administrative authority under which Obama’s troops issued more than 40,000 pages of ACA administrative rules (three column, tiny type) regulatory guidance and policy-setting blog posts. Now Trump’s Team can rescind or rewrite them all -- while waiting for repeal.
 
Congress must act without delay. It’s time to repeal the ACA and send health care back to the states. It could be very simple, as we pointed out in this press release. Republicans should not replace the ACA with another federal law that doesn’t meet Constitutional muster.
 
Feeling freedom in the air,
 
Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder