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A newly inaugurated President Donald Trump rang the opening bell for what will be a multistep process to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as he signed an executive order on Friday directing his subordinates to:
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.
While it is true that Congress will need to enact legislation to address Obamacare’s major components, the Trump administration can immediately begin to pare back and rework the law’s numerous and detailed regulations.
In large part, that is because the law itself granted the executive branch considerable discretionary authority to fill in the details through regulation. Those details can now be changed by a new administration, and this executive order makes doing exactly that the official policy of the Trump administration.
As to the substance, the new president’s clear directive is for his appointees to focus on minimizing the damaging effects of the law. That constitutes a sharp change in direction from the one taken by the Obama administration.
The implementation approach taken by the Obama administration was essentially to try to increase subsidized enrollment heedless of any resulting costs or disruptions to either the public or private sectors. This executive order signals that the Trump administration’s first order of business for Obamacare will instead be to minimize those costs and disruptions.
That will be particularly welcome news for those who faced loss of their coverage and doctors and escalating premiums and deductibles, but received no offsetting Obamacare subsidies.
Their lived experience of Obamacare as “all pain, no gain” was a major factor explaining not only the law’s persistent unpopularity but also why voters in sequential elections handed Republicans control of first the House, then the Senate, and finally the White House.
As for the mechanics, the new administration’s actions to implement this executive order in the coming weeks will reflect considerations of both effect and timing.
The Trump administration is likely to prioritize those changes that will have the biggest and most immediate effects—such as ones that can help stabilize the unsubsidized individual and small employer health insurance markets and head off any repeat in 2018 of the massive increases in premiums announced last fall for 2017.
What is little appreciated, even by Washington policymakers, is that while subsidized Obamacare enrollment has been slowing, the damage the law is doing to unsubsidized markets has been accelerating.
For instance, while insurers exiting Obamacare’s subsidized exchanges was widely reported last fall, less attention was paid to the more disturbing news that a number of insurers were also exiting the unsubsidized individual and small employer health insurance markets as a result of Obamacare.
The administrative actions called for in this executive order can help to shore up those nonexchange markets.
Furthermore, the Trump administration acting (wherever possible) to quicklyroll back Obamacare’s voluminous and detailed regulations will support and encourage congressional efforts to advance repeal and replace legislation; signal a new direction for health reform to insurers, providers, employers, and other stakeholders; and offer consumers tangible evidence that relief is on the way.
The press in Asia are reporting that newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump has moved quickly to put his policy of “America First” into action by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
By pulling out of the trade deal – Barack Obama’s signature trade program – Trump marked a quick and significant shift away from globalism.
It should come as no surprise. Trump had promised to withdraw from the TPP many times on the campaign trail. In his blistering inauguration address, Trump said that the era of America being exploited by foreign countries through unfair trade dals was over. Also over was the world’s reliance on a free ride from the United States.
“For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; subsidized the armies of other countries, while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military,” he said.
“One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.”
World capitals are in shock. The leaders of Japan and Great Britain will meet with President Trump in the coming weeks. Japan is particularly nervous about America’s new stance.
he Straits Times of Singapore reports that while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Saturday reiterated the importance of US-Japan ties, Masahiko Komura, vice-president of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, was quoted in the Mainichi Shimbun as saying: “If each country begins focusing only on itself, the economic state of the world – including the US – will be disastrous.”
Trump has repeatedly said that he is not against free trade, as long as it is fair trade. Deals that send companies and jobs offshore are not in this nation’s best interest and will not be approved by this President.
China responded that “cooperation also demands reciprocal flexibility instead of a beggar-thy-neighbor mentality.”
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday acknowledged that there were differences of opinion but said that she would work to arrive at compromises with Trump on issues like trade and military spending.
If some enemy bombed 70,000 U.S. factories, they'd be shut down and our economy would suffer.
Past trade policy has shut down 70,000 U.S. factories, and our economy suffers.
What's the difference?
President Donald J. Trump
President Donald Trump reinstated the "Mexico City policy" on Monday, issuing an executive orderbarring foreign aid or federal funding for international nongovernmental organizations that promote or provide abortions.
"The United States will end the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortion overseas, along with coercive abortions and sterilization practices," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in the White House press briefing Monday, explaining the move.
President Donald Trump issued an executive order Monday freezing federal hiring. The hiring freeze excludes national security employees.
A hiring freeze was included in the Trump presidential campaign's "Contract with the American Voter." It was the second of six measures "to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, D.C." and part of his "100-day action plan to Make America Great Again."
The plan excludes the "military, public safety, and public health."
Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported that the Obama administration was accelerating hiring to get employees in place before Trump took over. But individuals hired, but who have not yet started working, still could be affected by a freeze.
In an August 1981 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in National Treasury Employees Union v. Ronald Reagan, the court ruled that anyone who had been appointed after Election Day, but had not yet started work, were affected by the retroactive freeze because they had not actually become federal employees. It found that a small number of workers among the plaintiff group, however, had begun to perform official work functions and therefore could make a claim based on the standard civil service protections that federal employees hold.
I am praying that things move along quicker regarding the health care/insurance issue. It was just 2 weeks ago that my wife's necessary prescriptions used up the last of her healthcare insurance. Now, somehow we'll have to find a way to pay out of pocket $2,000.00 a month just for medications. Obama care is a worthless endeavor as the premiums are beyond our reach, and the deductible won't be paid until most of our savings are gone. Rock and a hard place ring a bell. Well, as I always say "the Lord will provide", He always has.
Oh my gosh, Jerome. I pray for you and your wife. I too, hope that Obamcare is gone, sooner rather than later.
Trump looking good so far. Looking forward to taking our country back.
I agree, Kwic. I like most of what I am seeing so far.
Trump was not my first pick, but I've been encouraged by some his early decisions. I think he needs to pick his fights tho, and not try to defend every little thing, like whose inauguration crowds were bigger. There's bigger fish to fry.
I too am encouraged as he was not my pick. I also agree the crowd size thing is a non issue. Much bigger fish to fry.
If the United States is to become more energy independent, then it is imperative that additional oil and gas pipeline infrastructure is built. And that includes the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipelines, which is why President Donald Trump has signed executive orders to allow permitting to be streamlined.
But the key question is whether presidential support can overcome the economics of the Keystone project, as well as the fierce environmental opposition to it and the Dakota line. While the president has the power the microphone, he does not have the power of a monarch. The lines still need the approval of the states they'll operate in.
Both pipelines have become political symbols, with Keystone turning into the dividing line between the hard core climate activists and those who just wanted to send Canadian tar sands into the Lower 48 through the pipelines instead of by rail car. The latter has become a symbol for water quality and the rights of Native Americans. In both cases, opponents have branded the battles as the people versus Big Oil: TransCanda Corp. and Energy Transfer Partners, respectively.
“We will build our own pipeline, we will build our own pipes, like we used to, in the old days,” Trump said, as he signed the orders, insisting that it will be done with U.S. steel and labor.
President Obama rejected the Keystone XL, saying that it would not add many permanent jobs in this country while it would create excessive greenhouse emissions -- a move that had endeared him to the environmental movement. The Canadian oil, nonetheless, still makes it to this country via the rail system.
At the same time, the price of a barrel of oil had dropped so low that discussions over the pipeline had essentially become moot; the economics have lagged, although rising oil prices may add new incentives. And, TransCanada will certainly want to strike while it has a friendly administration in power.
Meantime, the Obama administration had also sided with the Native Americans, or the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and said that construction would halted until more information could be gathered. In December, the Army Corps of Engineers said it would reject the $3.8 billion line that would deliver oil starting in North Dakota and ending in Illinois. (Limited pipeline exists to transport the oil out of the Bakken region of North Dakota.)
One of the executive orders signed by Trump basically extracts the U.S. Department of State from process, which had say over any project that crosses international boundaries. Because Keystone begins in Canada and enters the United States, the agency had input. Former Secretary of State John Kerry also recommended against the line, saying it would not add to this country's energy security -- but that it would contribute more greenhouse gases.
Still, it is the states where the line goes through that are erecting the toughest barriers. Nebraska had balked at Keystone.
Keeping in line with his promise to rein in the excesses of the federal government, President Trump is setting his sights on one of the biggest offenders in Washington.
To progressives, there is no cause so trivial that it can go without federal funding. Whether it’s paying for women’s birth control or saving the owls, liberals will endeavor to save the world so long as other people are paying for it. It is this mindset that has led to the massive bloating of the government, and it is why the American taxpayer has seen their financial burden increase so much over the past few decades.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of the Environmental Protection Agency. Tasked with looking after the country’s natural resources and well-being, the agency has since become an intrusive force that imposes its will on unsuspecting citizens and tramples their liberty.