In Bloomberg BNA’s Health Law Reporter on Oct. 19, health care partner Tom Bulleit (Washington, D.C.) published his eighth article in a series in which he examines efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare).
The article, titled “Executive Sweet: Does the President’s E.O. Offer a Treat or Tooth Decay for Health Care?” discusses how President Trump’s executive order to cease funding the ACA’s cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers and order to several federal government agencies to revisit their existing rules on ACA consumer protections may affect the Obamacare state health insurance exchanges.
Mr. Bulleit explains that President Trump views the E.O. as providing freedom from the ACA mandates and increased competition that will lead to health plans with lower premiums and increased access. Critics of the E.O. predict that the measures proposed will be cheaper only because they include fewer benefits and could be priced more expensively for people with pre-existing medical conditions, and for small groups that have a larger number of older and sicker workers.
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