Executive Order 13765

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Executive Order 13765
Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal
Seal of the President of the United States
Executive Order 13765.pdf
Type Executive order
Executive Order number 13765
Signed by Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 (2017-01-20)
Federal Register details
Federal Register document number 2017-01799
Publication date January 24, 2017 (2017-01-24)
Document citation 8351
Summary
Directs agencies to hinder parts of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) that entail financial burdens, and begin transition to repeal of that law

Executive Order 13765 is the first executive order signed by U.S. President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017, which set out interim procedures in anticipation of repeal of Obamacare, though plans to repeal Obamacare have subsequently been shelved.[1] A CBO report estimated 18 million people would lose their insurance and premiums would rise by 20% to 25% in the first year after repealing Obamacare. Uninsured could reach 32 million by 2026, while premiums could double.[2]

The executive order came on Trump's campaign pledges to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and occurred just hours after he was sworn into office.[3] Trump stated sorting out a replacement will take a long time and the replacement may not be ready until 2018.[4]

Provisions

The order was designed to weaken regulations and procedures associated with enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[5][6] It was broken into six sections:

  • An attempt to seek efficient implementation of the law, focused on removing regulatory burdens during the repealment of the law.
  • The United States Secretary of Health and Human Services and heads of other U.S. executive departments should waive, defer, grant exemptions or delay implementation any requirements of the act that would place fiscal burdens.
  • Those department heads are also ordered to grant greater flexibility to states seeking to implement healthcare programs.
  • Seeking an open market across state lines in the healthcare market.
  • Compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act regarding implementation of the regulatory revisions within this executive order.
  • The order does not impact the Office of Management and Budget and its work, does not impact the legal authority of any department head of a U.S. federal agency and does not grant any specific rights to anyone within the United States.

Effects

In February 2017, it was reported that the Internal Revenue Service would not require tax filers to state whether they had compliant insurance, allowing them to avoid the penalty fine. The IRS said that this change would reduce administrative burdens on taxpayers. It was criticized for weakening an enforcement mechanism that lowers premiums by supporting wide participation in the markets.[7][8]

See also

References

  1. Knox, Olivier (January 20, 2017). "Trump signs first executive order, targeting Obamacare with few specifics". Sunnyvale, California: Yahoo! News. Retrieved January 21, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Repealing the law known as Obamacare would leave 32m without health coverage, analysis finds
  3. Davis, Julie Hirschfeld; Pear, Robert (January 20, 2017). "Trump Issues Executive Order Scaling Back Parts of Obamacare". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved January 23, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Trump Appears to Push Back Obamacare Replacement
  5. Office of the Press Secretary (January 20, 2017). "Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal". whitehouse.gov. United States: White House. Retrieved January 24, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Kodjak, Alison (January 21, 2017). "Trump's Executive Order Could Dismantle Parts Of ACA Before Replacement Is Ready". Washington, D.C.: NPR. Retrieved January 24, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Suderman, Peter (February 15, 2017). "Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health Insurance Question". Reason. Retrieved February 15, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Pender, Kathleen (February 14, 2017). "Quiet IRS change could undermine Obamacare, supporters say". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 15, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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