Trump Issues Executive Order Regarding the ACA

On his first day in office, President Trump issued an executive order instructing regulatory agencies with authority over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to take any action possible “to the maximum extent permitted by law…to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of…[the ACA].” The order itself does not actually change any current rules or regulations. It also does not grant agency heads any additional regulatory authority over what they already possess. However, it signals the Administration’s plan to make changes to the law through regulatory action as quickly as possible, even while Congress tries to address issues that will require statutory changes.

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