January 30, 2017

What Does The President’s Affordable Care Act Executive Order Do?

On Friday, January 20, inauguration day, President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The executive order does not outline specific policy actions, but does specify the direction that the Trump administration will take as it seeks to repeal the ACA. The executive order:

  • Says the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies may “waive, defer, grants exemptions from, or delay the implementation” of burdens on individuals, companies or healthcare providers.
  • Calls for reducing the burden for “purchasers of health Insurance” as well as manufacturers of medical devices and medications. According to MSCI’s partners at the National Association of Manufacturing (NAM), this provision provides an outline to delay or reduce mandates and the other taxes imposed as a result of the law.
  • Says U.S. states should have increased involvement in the healthcare market.
  • Direct the appropriate secretaries of federal departments to look towards improving the insurance market through interstate commerce.

With its partners at NAM, MSCI will continue to push for repeal of the most onerous provisions in the ACA, particularly since the executive order did not specifically cite “employers” when listing out the stakeholders that should not be negatively impacted by any provision in the law. Click here to read MSCI’s policy position on healthcare. 

To learn more about employer-sponsored health coverage and why it must be protected, visit this page from MSCI’s partners at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.