Monday, January 23, 2017

Trump Signs Executive Order Giving HHS Power to Waive ObamaCare’s Individual Mandate

Trump signs executive order on Obamacare. 
(Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
This is more symbolic than substantive, but a natural start to the repeal process.
Sec. 2. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies (agencies) with authorities and responsibilities under the Act shall 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.
King Barack and HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell
The power for HHS to grant waivers was already built into the law, and was used — and used and used and used — by Obama’s administration in the early years of O-Care. The power to delay provisions of the law is more controversial. Remember when King Barack decreed in 2013 that he would delay enforcement of the employer mandate even though the law itself required the mandate to take effect on a specific date? Conservatives like me howled that the president has no constitutional power to delay implementation when a federal statute requires it, but O got away with it. And now turnabout is fair play. If King Barack enjoyed a particular type of authority, King Donald enjoys it too. Good work, liberals.
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