Trump signs ACA burden relief executive order

Trump says agencies that get the order should comply with the federal Administrative Procedure Act and other federal regulatory revision laws. (Photo: Trump's office)

President Trump started his presidency by signing an executive order that seeks to minimize any burdens caused by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

In the order, Trump states that the administration is working to have PPACA repealed.

“In the meantime, pending such repeal, it is imperative for the executive branch to ensure that the law is being efficiently implemented, take all actions consistent with the law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burden of the act, and prepare to afford the states more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market,” according to the text of the order.

Trump authorizes the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other executive departments and agencies to minimize PPACA-related burdens to the maximum extent permitted by law, by waiving, deferring granting exemptions from or delaying the implementation of provisions that would pose a fiscal 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,” according to the order text.

Trump does not mention the second law in the two-law Affordable Care Act package, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, in the order.

Trump does say that agencies should continue to comply with the federal “Administrative Procedure Act and other applicable statutes in considering or promulgating such regulatory revisions,” according to the text.

Implementation of the order will be subject to the availability of appropriated funding, and that the order does not create a right for anyone to sue the United States, its departments, its agencies or its officials, according to the text.

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