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Published: Mon, January 23, 2017
Health | By Constance Griffith

Walden praises Trump executive order to 'ease' Obamacare costs


President Donald Trump on Friday night signed an executive order aimed at trying to fulfill one of his most impassioned campaign promises: Rolling back Obamacare.

Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to Trump, told NBC News's Sunday Today with Willie Geist, that the health care law that will replace Obamacare will turn Medicaid - a joint state-federal health insurance program for the poor - into a block grant program.

There is now no Republican alternative to Obamacare, though President Trump has also said he is almost done working on a replacement proposal. The Republican-controlled Congress already has taken a first step toward repealing the ACA, though what lawmakers look to replace it with also remains to be seen.

On Wednesday, Trump said he will present a plan of replacement as soon as its candidate to head the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price is appointed by the Senate. Canadians, who feel responsible for the well being of their fellow citizens, are perplexed by our health insurance system.

"It is not enough to simply repeal this bad legislation", Trump said.

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Presidents can't use executive orders to end laws unilaterally, so it's unlikely that Trump's order would entirely end the Obamacare mandates, according to Timothy Jost, a professor with expertise in health law at Washington and Lee University School of Law and a contributor to Bloomberg View.

It's still not clear when Price could be confirmed as HHS secretary.

Agency heads will also still have to go through the normal rule-making process to adjust or rollback certain regulations - a process that can take months. In June and October of 2015, Assurant Health and United Health Group declared they lost billions due to Obamacare and will pull out of the plan.

One last thing I found notable about the NY action: While it does maintain the birth control mandate, it does not preserve the rest of the Affordable Care Act's preventive health benefits for women. "It's like God was looking down on us", he said. He'll be pushing his extreme vision for health care in America. One of the most controversial parts of the ACA is the "individual mandate" - which imposes a tax on individuals who do not have health insurance coverage. That's because they allow people with high incomes and who pay a high rate of high tax to shelter more of their money from federal taxes.

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