On January 20, 2017, otherwise known as "day one" of the Trump Administration, Pres. Trump issued an Executive Order regarding Obamacare that was met with a great sigh of relief by the American public. After all, the order lifted the weight of Obamacare from our shoulders, right? Well, not so much.
The words sounded incredible to hear after 7 years of draconian interference into the private sector by an overreaching Federal Government. In Section 2 of his first Executive Order, it states:
"To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies with authorities and responsibilities under the Act shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications."
The key words here are these: "To the maximum extent permitted by law." This means what sounded so grand; what allowed people to breathe that sigh of relief, was something that for the individual is hollow. The law is solid on the mandate and that means that people must continue to carry Obamacare approved health insurance of face huge fines come this April 15, 2017. It's still the law and HHS Sec. Tom Price has stated to Congress that he will uphold that law.
Unless Pres. Trump issues an order defying Obamacare - like Mr. Obama did with border enforcement and prosecution of illegal immigrants, nothing has changed. We have delivered Republicans everything they said they need to repeal this absurd law, and they have done nothing to provide us relief.
Republicans need to advance a bill with a singular purpose: repealing Obamacare in total. Then they will have kept their promise to the people - a 7 year promise. The repeal will certainly motivate Democrats to abandon obstruction because their asses will be on the political line then, too.
Frankly, I wonder why we need to replace anything. Repeal all the laws that prevent health insurance from being prtable over state lines and execute tort reform and watch health insurance prices plummet.