Day One: US President Donald Trump signs first executive order on Obamacare

by

Pankaj Kumar

- January 21, 2017


Within hours of taking the oath of office, President Donald Trump signed his first executive order aimed at rolling back Obamacare on Friday night. It orders federal agencies to ease the burden of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare — former president Barack Obama’s health care law that covers 20 million Americans.

Donald Trump signs first executive order on Obamacare
Donald Trump signs first executive order on Obamacare

The multi-part executive order stated that the administration’s official policy is “to seek the prompt repeal” of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.  — but at the same time emphasized that his administration must continue to uphold the law. Republicans have been protesting against the health care services law  for several years now using “repeal and replace Obamacare.” Trump, during his election campaign, had also promised to repeal Obama’s health care law and replace it with “something terrific.”

On the first day of his presidency, Trump’s signature sent a powerful message that his top priority after becoming president was to repeal Obamacare that care of more than 20 million Americans. The health care law has remained a controversial subject even 7 years after its inception. Former president Barack Obama’s first priority after he took office in 2009 was to present a healthcare reform law that would make healthcare services affordable to the US citizens and improve the quality of health insurance.

The order also instructs the secretary of health and human services and the heads of other organizations  to use their discretion to help individuals, healthcare providers, insurers and others avoid any burdens stemming from the Affordable Care Act.

The order also looks to give states more adaptability and control over their health care services , in keeping with longstanding Republican beliefs.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus also sent out a memo to all government organizations and departments calling for a regulatory freeze on Obamacare.

Trump also put his signature on papers confirming  retired Gens James Mattis’ appointment as defence secretary and John Kelly’s appointment as homeland security secretary.

Both nominees were easily confirmed by the Senate on Friday evening and sworn in by Pence.

“I am pleased by the confirmation votes of Gens Mattis and Kelly,” Trump said in a statement.

“These uniquely qualified leaders will immediately begin the essential work of rebuilding our military, defending our nation and securing our borders.”


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