Trump To Sign Executive Order On Obamacare Tomorrow Morning

As first previewed over the weekend, tomorrow at 11:15am, President Trump will sign an executive order aimed at taking action on health care, or as the White House put it, "to promote health care choice and competition", after Congress's failure to repeal ObamaCare.  The order - which is expected to further weaken Obamacare - should, in theory, ease rules on small businesses banding together to buy health insurance, through what are known as association health plans, and lift Obama administration limits on short-term health insurance plans, according to a source on a call with administration officials Wednesday night.

According to The Hill's sources, the order will direct the Department of Labor to "modernize" rules to allow small employers to create association health plans. Small businesses will be able to band together if they are within the same state, in the same "line of business," or are in the same trade association. 

Needless to say, this latest attempt to dismantle Obamacare did not make the likes of Andy Slavitt, who ran Medicare, Madicaid and Obamacare under Obama, happy, and he took to twitter to make it clear:

Slavitt's slamming aside, it does not appear that the order will go as far as some Democrats feared, though: liberals are worried that the order will undermine the stability of ObamaCare markets because healthy people will be attracted to the cheaper, new association health plans, which do not have the same protections, leaving only sicker people remaining in ObamaCare plans. However, according to The Hill, it does not seem that individuals will be eligible to join the association health plans, which would be a more sweeping move.

The source said administration officials did not mention individuals joining the association health plans, only referring to small businesses being able to join.

That would steer the changes clear of disrupting the individual market, which is the core of ObamaCare.

Still, the order will lift Obama administration limits on short-term health insurance plans, allowing the plans to last as long as 12 months and be renewed. The change to short-term health insurance could damage the stability of ObamaCare.  The fear from Democrats is that healthier people will migrate to cheaper, short-term plans, leaving only sicker people in ObamaCare plans and driving up premiums.

The source said the new rules for short-term plans are where administration officials think the order will have the "most immediate impact."


The order will also allow people to use tax-advantaged accounts known as Health Reimbursement Accounts to pay for their premiums.

Meanwhile, as democrats scream bloody murder around 11am tomorrow when Trump is signing the EO, one person will be delighted: Sen. Rand Paul has been pushing for this order for months, arguing that allowing small businesses to band together to buy insurance gives them leverage to lower premiums. Paul is expected to be in attendance at the unveiling at the White House on Thursday.


Bes Miffed Microbi… Thu, 10/12/2017 - 00:19 Permalink

nothing is going to ever fucking changeas long as fucking doctors, insurance companies, hospitals and drug companiescan charge however much they fucking wantfor as much fucking proft as they wantFULL FUCKING STOP------------Not fucking Trump nor fucking CONgress (except a tiny few)have shown any fucking inclination ofchanging that fucking fundamental fucking structure------------this is bigger than fucking obamacarethis fucking EO and obamacare are nothing but playing on the marginswhile Americans get fucked left and rightand fucking diewhile big Pharma gets a new fucking yacht

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HardAssets Bes Thu, 10/12/2017 - 01:28 Permalink

You're wrong. This approach is at the heart of many healthcare reformers strategy, such as Dr Dave Janda. Healthcare costs can be reduced 90% while improving quality, access, and freedom of choice for patients . We are getting ripped off big time. Web search Dr Janda and you'll learn why this move by the President is a very good one. It sounds like someone like Janda or Rand Paul was able to talk to Pres Trump. This could be rolled out to everyone. Your cynicism is understandable, ( I can relate ! ), but this is a very positive development. The globalists want us in a government system for the purpose of control. Ain't gonna happen.

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NoDebt YUNOSELL Wed, 10/11/2017 - 22:26 Permalink

"Democracy is for countries without executive orders"Damned right.  I told all my liberal/Obama supporter friends that they should be the ones most terrified of how Obama operated by EO.  They didn't care.  They didn't believe me.  They told me to shut up (literally).  In short, they thought the party would never end.  All I told them was "what can be done by EO can be undone by EO.  God help you if somebody you disagree with gets in the WH and starts doing things by EO you disagree with.  You have NO recourse."Some people are still mystified why libs basically shit themselves on election night and immediately went into state of deep denial that Trump is now the president.  It's perfectly clear to me, though.  This is what they feared.  This is what they thought could never happen.  But here we are.  

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nmewn NoDebt Thu, 10/12/2017 - 06:16 Permalink

"This is what they feared."It's fucking awesome! I wake up every morning rubbing my hands together in anticipation of what he will do next.When he's not threatening to yank the broadcast licenses of Fake Nuuuz networks for blatantly lying (a breach of their obligation & public trust in holding that license as that is not "in the public interest" by any stretch of the imagination)...he's also goading the "historic loser" Mrs.Clinton into making a statement on sexual predators like Harvey Weinstein, something she would know about having lived with a sexual predator all her adult! ;-)

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847328_3527 Creepy_Azz_Crackaah Wed, 10/11/2017 - 22:09 Permalink

I never get tired of winning.Screw Congress.Screw the media.Drain the Swamp! BTW, hope all ZH'ers saw this:  U.S. Supreme Court throws out leftie challenges to travel ban ruling The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an appeals court ruling that struck down President Donald Trump's previous temporary travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority nations countries that has now expired. The court acted in one of two cases pending involving a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which had sued to stop the ban contained in a March executive order.   "Yes we can!" 

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Sparehead HardAssets Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:18 Permalink

Meh, why must there be someone else to blame? I'm not really disagreeing with you, just venting. No one taught me either, at least not initially, though to be fair over the years others helped me improve my techniques since those first few eyesore tree forts I'd built as a kid. With YouTube and every other internet resource available to them there really is no excuse for not knowing or even wanting to know basic skills. There's plenty of "virtual father figure" YouTube channels offering "how to" tutorials on just about anything you could be interested in. That's assuming you're referring to the epidemic of single parent families or just crappy fathers in general.I've even noticed a trend among many millennials seeking to expand their skills and get back to homesteading basics which is great. They deserve the credit for learning just as those that choose not to learn have only themselves to blame.

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Refuse-Resist covfefe MICdotard Thu, 10/12/2017 - 07:35 Permalink

Negative. There is a solution that is perfectly logical and backed by reams of scientific research and data.Make America White again.Send the shitskins back and costs will go down dramatically and teh health of the USA will likewise improve.Diversity is our misery. It will be our end if it isn't counteracted.Political correctness is the act of 'not noticing'.Fuck that shit.

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847328_3527 Bonaparte Wed, 10/11/2017 - 22:12 Permalink

This will keep them busy for awhile making up shit about everything from Russian collusion lies to bashing Melania's high heels.The funny thing is the sac of shit who dressed the wookie (some old French tart no one ever heard of who bashed Melania) must be pulling her hair out now since Michael kors, Ralph Lauren etc, ... all the top names are tripping over each other to dress the stunningly gorgeous Melania.

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not a yahoo Wed, 10/11/2017 - 22:31 Permalink

Actually, when did healthy people start agreeing to pay for less healthy people? Why is health care so expensive that you even need insurance for it?If everybody just paid their copay, which in anything but this racket would already pay for everything, we wouldn't need insurance at all. 

NoPension not a yahoo Wed, 10/11/2017 - 22:38 Permalink

This is, quite simply...a way to extract money from relatively healthy, responsible and employed folks.......

..... and give it to relatively unhealthy ( fat, diabetic, drug addled, overbreeding, etc..) , irresponsible and unemployed folks... so they can live, eat,breed and consume more. It's their right as an American.

Oh, yeah...I almost forgot...VOTE...Democrat, of course. Must maintain and increase the useful idiot all cost. As long as society writ large is shouldering the cost. After exist, therefore you should be cared for. Kinda like a zoo, right?

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