Following the critical Nay vote by RINO Senator McCain that led to the Senate’s failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a traitorous move that crushed one of President Donald Trump’s quintessential campaign promises (to repeal and replace Obamacare), the POTUS threatened to use his executive powers for ending key payments to ACA insurance companies provided repeal/replace legislation is not passed in a timely fashion by the Congress. President Trump tweeted the same day the Senate failed to repeal Obamacare:
“After seven years of ‘talking’ Repeal & Replace, the people of our great country are still being forced to live with imploding ObamaCare!”
“If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!.”
The next step in the President’s fight against the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare may be some form of executive action, to quote Senator Rand Paul, which seems to be the only way to address the issues with the US healthcare system, considering the Congress’ impotence/lack of good will with regard to these matters.
As Reuters reports:
Paul said he spoke to President Donald Trump by phone about healthcare reform on Monday and told the president he thought Trump had the authority to create associations that would allow organizations to offer group health insurance plans.
There are various groups representing retirees, like AARP for example, which may form health associations, thus enabling small businesses and individuals alike to form bigger groups, hence allowing them to negotiate better deals, translating into lower rates with health insurance companies. President Trump may issue an executive order to address this issue.
Moreover, the President can ask Federal agencies to stop enforcing the individual mandate created under the Affordable Care Act and also he can cut the Federal funding for subsidies which allow healthcare insurance companies to stay afloat under Obamacare rules. Finally, the new administration can choose not to penalize uninsured people or to broaden exemptions to the law, i.e. to allow people not to enroll or to drop out altogether of Obamacare. However, an exec-order may be attacked instantly and challenged by DEMs and their surrogates in liberal courts via activist judges (see the travel-ban exec order), hence without comprehensive Congressional action (repeal/replace legislation passed ASAP), nothing is certain.