President Trump, Here’s What Your Executive Order on Health Care Should Say…

For Immediate Release
October 12, 2017

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom: Stopping Cost-Sharing Reduction
Subsiding and Ending ‘Special Contributions’ to Congress Will Help Unravel
the Affordable Care Act Once and For All

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Frustrated with Congress’s inaction on health care reform and multiple failed attempts at an Affordable Care Act repeal, President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order today that will ease rules for businesses banding together to purchase health insurance and lift limits on short-term health insurance plans, along with other important changes, reports The Hill.

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, president and co-founder Twila Brase says it’s good that Trump is taking action, but it’s not the best action.

“President Trump could rapidly collapse the ACA by simply stopping payment of unconstitutional cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies and ending the illegal federal ‘special contributions’ to members of Congress and their staff to pay for coverage,” Brase said. “States will then remember their 10th Amendment rights and take back health care by allowing their residents to buy an affordable, catastrophic policy, without all the costly federal mandates.”

CCHF suggests three points for an executive order that would truly free Americans—both individuals and businesses—from Obamacare clutches.

1.     Provide an automatic waiver to anyone who claims the 14th hardship exemption, which currently permits a person to apply for an exemption due to hardship for any reason. Read more about the “unaffordability” of the ACA here.

2.     The Office of Personnel Management should cease and desist all payments to members of Congress and their staff that help them pay for their health care coverage through the ACA.

3.     Immediately stop cost-sharing reduction subsidies, which have already been ruled unconstitutional.

Brase added that Trump’s EO would reportedly give small businesses that banded together “large group” status and exempt them from many ACA mandates, and could also permit affordable catastrophic insurance options, which were deemed illegal under the ACA.

“It is heartening that President Trump appears committed to moving away from Obamacare, as he promised the American people,” Brase said. “The end goal should be giving every American the option to leave unaffordable, limited-network health plans behind and permitting the purchase of a truly affordable indemnity health insurance policy for medical catastrophes.”

For more information about CCHF, visit, its Facebook page or its Twitter feed @CCHFreedom. Also view the media page for CCHF here. For more about CCHF’s initiative The Wedge of Health Freedom, visit www.JointheWedge.comThe Wedge Facebook page or follow The Wedge on Twitter @wedgeoffreedom.

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