Donald Trump, who once famously warned Americans that, “We’re gonna win so much… you may even get tired of winning,” is officially tired of losing. After 3 distinct failures to repeal Obamacare — relying heavily on a bully pulpit which turned out to be completely imaginary — he has decided to take matters into his own decidedly tiny hands.
Since Congress can’t get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people – FAST
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
Trump’s executive order is expected to exempt association health plans from the need to comply with core elements of Obamacare. Per Vox,
“The order would, in effect, exempt many association health plans, groups of small businesses that pool together to buy health insurance, from core Obamacare requirements like the coverage of certain essential health benefits. It would potentially allow individuals to join these plans too, which would put individual insurance marketplaces in serious peril by drawing younger and healthier people away from them. The draft order is also said to broaden the definition of short-term insurance, which is also exempt from the law’s regulations. Together, these changes represent a serious threat to Obamacare: President Trump seems ready to open more loopholes for more people to buy insurance outside the health care law’s markets, which experts anticipate would destabilize the market for customers who are left behind with higher premiums and fewer insurers.”
Since the president has failed to pushed through any Obamacare repeal or.. “skinny repeal”… or skinny repeal 2: the remix, he has just been sabotaging the Affordable Care Act by gutting it. He has gone so far as to slash the advertising budget by 90%. Presumably he hopes that Americans will forget about annual enrollment altogether. This comes as no great surprise since he’s already on the record many times petulantly teasing Congress that since they won’t play with his toys, he’s content to watch Obamacare fail. Demonstrably, it would’ve been more transparent to say he was going to cause Obamacare to fail — but the truth has never been important to this president. With all of these maneuvers, Trump has also created market uncertainty.
Of Trump’s latest threat to use the power of the executive order to further dismantle healthcare, Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation said he believes, “There are likely to be legal challenges that could slow this effort down.”