First US Healthcare Bill of Trump Presidency Allows States to Keep Obamacare

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivers a statement in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on Saturday

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivers a statement in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on Saturday

As President-elect Donald Trump is all set to sworn in as the president of the United States, House Democrats have vowed to fight one of his top priorities - repealing Barack Obama's signature health care law called Obamacare.

Trump's order also directed agency heads to "encourage the development of a free and open market in interstate commerce for the offering of healthcare services and health insurance", a key component of Republicans' ObamaCare replacement plan.

Speaking on the topic, Pelosi said, "People are becoming outraged and speaking up ..."

The order was titled "Minimising the economic burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act pending repeal".

Just as Republicans prepare to repeal Obamacare, there are signs that the health care law is more popular than ever.

California Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez warned that any move to repeal Obamacare would lead to loss of tens of thousands of health care jobs, which would adversely affect the economy.

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"Potentially the biggest effect of this order could be widespread waivers from the individual mandate", Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told The Washington Post.

"It directs federal agencies to start taking steps to use their administrative authority to unwind the ACA in all sorts of ways", he said.

But changing the individual mandate could further spook insurers already anxious they were not attracting as many healthy customers as they thought.

To allow Trump to build his national security team, Congress passed a bill last week granting Mattis a one-time exception from federal law barring former US service members who have been out of uniform for less than seven years from holding the top Pentagon job. "Conscious that millions of Americans are anxious about losing their coverage, lawmakers have repeatedly said that their plan will give people more access to more affordable plans". Trump has pledged to repeal two existing regulations for each new one his government issues. But, like most such laws, it gives the Department of Health and Human Services a lot of discretion over how to interpret those rules and, then, how to enforce them.

Changing the underlying law would require Congress to act, but the Trump administration can rewrite regulations carrying out the legislation.

But the repeals don't exclusively focus on eradicating Obama's historic reign: Trump will reportedly issue a five-year lobbying ban for anyone who works in the administration.

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