Trump lifts mandate for Obamacare coverage

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January 23, 2017

Healthcare OverhaulPresident Trump’s sweeping order against Obamacare late Friday appears to give the new administration enough leeway to target the most unpopular aspect of his predecessor’s law — a mandate requiring Americans to get coverage or pay a fine, policy analysts said.

The executive order, issued hours after Mr. Trump was sworn in, also sets the stage for selling insurance across state lines and eyes “greater flexibility to states” in implementing health care programs, which are key tenets for Republicans looking to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act alongside Mr. Trump.

Though the order has no immediate effect — many Obamacare provisions are written into law, and Mr. Trump’s health care team isn’t in place — congressional Republicans praised it as a symbolic step toward offering relief from the law’s soaring premiums and dwindling choices. Republicans will be using fast-track budget rules to gut the “individual mandate” and other parts of the law in the coming weeks.

  • snowyriver

    Please read the rules of Socialism… #1 government control of health care.

    • Lkfeinb

      No. Socialism is government ownership of health care. AND the government did NOT control healthcare, it merely had rules so that every policy had necessary coverage, The insurance companies are part of capitalism. They still made a profit.

      • Laurie Szoka

        You are incorrect. Health insurance mandates what I can and can’t prescribe. Tests I can and can’t get Right now the doctor patient relationship is tenuous. Patients have to change doctors ( now not in network). Pharmacies ( Insurance companies tell which one to use) and meds. Ok this year. Not on formulary the next year. We have to change meds. Much paperwork. Prior authorizations and we don’t get paid ONE dime for the time it takes. Reimbursements reduced and more requirements placed.

        • Lkfeinb

          I AM AN INSURANCE AGENT AND AM DEFINITELY CORRECT! Did you have insurance at all before the ACA? HMOs always had control of what tests you can and cannot get. Networks are no different than they were before the ACA. If a doctor left, you had to change doctors. The only plans that you didn’t have to do that in were indemnity plans.
          You just chose the wrong plan for you! Don’t blame the ACA. You should have gone to an insurance agent to help you choose.

          • Dan

            No wonder you’re such an idiot. You’re an insurance agent! No wonder you’re defending this debacle. The government mandated your prospects to buy your product. You could be a potted plant and still sell a policy.

          • Lkfeinb

            You made a bad choice and you are calling me an idiot?
            Oh, no!! Our commissions were drastically reduced. AND most people did not go to insurance agents to buy their insurance. They went online themselves and made terrible mistakes with their choices. .
            Agents took a BIG loss if health insurance was their main line. I was not one of them. So what I am saying is not for my good or any agent’s good. I am giving you the truth.

          • Lkfeinb

            From your mouth to Gd’s ears. If it is so easy to sell a policy, why don’t you become and agent?

          • Laurie Szoka

            I have been a healthcare provider for 19 years and I know what happened and continues to happen since the ACA was implemented. Being an insurance agent does not make you an expert on what goes on in patient care and as far as I am concerned you just perpetuate the lies given to the American people about what the ACA and other insurances cover.

  • Niko

    I want to know if and when they do get rid of the individual mandate will I be able to get back the money I paid the IRS dirtbags when I didn’t have coverage for that year?

    • Lkfeinb

      Oh yes and if you get sick you won’t be able to get insurance.

    • Lkfeinb

      You were happy you didn’t have health insurance in this country? They would have made you wait until it was too late in the ER if you had an emergency . Happened to a lot of folks here in Florida.

      • Niko

        Actually I am permanently disabled from doing my job as a union sheet metal worker in NYC for 29 years. I am collecting SSD ,I am just lucky I found a good plan here and the only reason for that is because there are so many people here in this cesspool of a city. I still pay extra money for the plan i have but not much at all.I am sad to hear about what isn’t going on in Florida and around the country. I am also ex Airborne and i would never and have never gone to the VA. I have also worked at Trump Tower and have talked to President TRUMP on multiple occasions. I am more than sure he will be able to straighten all the obumboshitenomics that has displaced decent people from coast to coast.Thanks for the info and the text

        • Lkfeinb

          Just wait, Henry Higgens, Just you wait!! And then you will blame Obama for the chaos and the poor networks.

    • Lkfeinb

      Oh, yeah. What was it ? A hundred dollars? A couple of hundred ?

      • Niko

        $40 and the plan i have is great. You do not need an insurance agent to help you figure out what you have to do- all you need to do is study what is offered for a couple months, write things down and make your choice by literate elimination. Like I said I only have it good because I live in this cesspool of NYC.

        • Lkfeinb

          Ok, but not everyone can do that. Most are confused and make poor choices.

  • suz

    It’s about time.

    • Lkfeinb

      For what? For 30 million to be uninsured again? For emergency care to be the only care?

      • Laurie Szoka

        It still is for many people who can’t afford Obamacare premiums. Where’s the report on how many uninsured Americans there are because they can’t afford the premiums. You don’t hear that because they roll the people paying the tax into the number insured. I have a large number of self pay pts now who can’t afford the ridiculous premiums … of course if you make very little money. You can get subsidized. Many working people are left in the cold. Companies can’t afford Obamacare dictates so they made everyone part time. Take a balanced view. For every life saved, there has been someone else affected negatively. ER medicine is still the preference for people who Have insurance… many practices do not take adult Medicaid patients because the Payments are so low and the regulations so high so they end up in ER anyway It’s not all rainbows and unicorns

        • Lkfeinb

          What are you saying? It is a hell of a lot better than before the ACA. I never said it was perfection. Correcting is better than throwing the baby out with the bath water.

  • zoehoney

    EVERYONE OF US NEEDS TO TWEET HIM A BIG THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS.

  • zoehoney

    THANK YOU President Trump! FOR THE PEOPLE!!! imagine that folks? WOW how refreshing. 🙂

    • Lkfeinb

      So sorry! You are going to be very disillusioned! He is doing nothing for the people. He brought the swamp with him into the White House. Haven’t you been paying attention.

  • dennis w

    GO PRESIDENT TRUMP…………………….
    THE SHIT DONE HIT THE FAN………………LET’S ROLL…!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP………..
    AMERICA FIRST…………..
    MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN……………
    THANK YOU GOD…
    THANK YOU JESUS……….

    • Lkfeinb

      Yes, the shit certainly hit the fan!!! Just the beginning!

  • FLChristyB

    Now, Mr. Trump, what about our vets? Our military deserves the same, if not better, healthcare than the fat cat Congress! Give our military men and women what they have EARNED, unlike most Congressmen, those people deserve to be properly cared for!

    • Webb

      Your thoughts of Vets is Appreciated…

    • Retired

      In full support of the VETERAN , But many forget the Elderly that built this country.They should not get Fourth class treatment as far as Medicare and SS. Medicaid people are treated better.

      • Lkfeinb

        The elderly have Medicare and Social Security. He has it on his plate to attack that also. Don’t you see? Everything that has been built up in the last 75 years will go under his knife?

        • Retired

          About 35 years ago the elected stole $100.00 from future retires as well as raise the retirement age and changed the formula for giving cost of living several times. Are you up on what is going on ?? So the destruction started after 40 years.

          • Lkfeinb

            When Social Security began the average male lifespan was 67 yrs. Now it is 82. Everything is math, not political. If the payouts are for longer periods on average the retirement age has to go up. Cost of living raises were frozen several times because of negative inflation.
            Sorry, I’m in the business and I do know what is going on.
            Do you know what the Republicans are trying to get passed. Privatizing Social Security. That means that part of your contribution could be invested any way you want. In 2008 many people lost their life savings in the market. Under the Republican’s plan there would be many more destitute older people than there are today. Watch out! It may be coming!!

          • Retired

            Why are you avoiding the Subject of taking away of $100.00 and changing the formula for figuring cost of living. If corporate America would have reinvested in the US instead of off shore more people would be working and paying into the fund. If Congress would not use SS income for the general fund there would be a surplus. The 2008 financial crunch was created for many decades starting with LBJ and Democrats that followed him . O down payment mortgages ring a bell ??

    • Lkfeinb

      He will NEVER do that. The man is a narcissist and a socialist. He doesn’t believe in any safety net. It sure is something that should be done–=But it will just get worse.

  • Dan

    Awesome move on the very first day! Now it’s time to restructure or eliminate the IRS which had become under Obama the enforcement goons for the democrat party.

    • Webb

      May that for sure be one of Trump’s Goals to Fix or Eliminate the IRS!

    • Lkfeinb

      Boy , are you a jerk!!

      • Dan

        Coming from you, I’ll consider your name calling as a compliment and a badge of honor! Conservatives love to live rent free in the heads of the mentally disturbed liberals like yourself.

        • Lkfeinb

          Here’s another compliment: You are a jerk!

          • Dan

            Hahahahaha….you snowflakes are so sensitive….

  • Webb

    And So It Begins…
    The dismantling of ObamaCare, The Mandate was and is Government Overreach into our very lives Forcing a purchase of a product unwanted by Many. Yet a Democrat Controled government went against The Will Of The People!
    Taxed, Fined and Subsides, added to Our Expense!
    May this Administration fined a way for people to afford healthcare…But not by Force!
    ☆☆☆

    • itsfun

      With the Democrats its not the will of the people, but the will of the government.

      • Joan Davenport

        and of course congress doesn’t have to put up with the onerous OBAMACARE….they get their Rolls Royce plans and it’s all free for them.

        • itsfun

          With Congress its: DO AS I SAY, NOT DO AS I DO.

    • Mike Thomas

      Obama Care was actually a tax enforced on all non Muslims, infidels.
      I did not know this until a year ago. The word Dhimmitude, and Arabic word, was inserted in the bill on page 107. You can look it up on Google and it will explain the meaning .

      • Webb

        Mike…
        Thanks for the information…2700 pages of mystery, still to this day!!

        • Lkfeinb

          Really? It is difficult to choose a plan, but not a mystery. Just the same old insurance. Different strokes for different folks with subsidy’s for those making under $45000. Some rules that don’t let the companies take advantage of the insured. Such as the companies have to use 80% of the premium for medical expenses and return premiums if they charge more.
          Did you know any of that???

      • suz

        Mike you are right they were exempt along with Congress members and their staff

        • Lkfeinb

          Congress has socialized medicine. Would you like that? It would cost us a hell of a lot more,

      • Rodney Steward

        It was a Tax on the White man and destroying his healthcare!

        • Lkfeinb

          Oh, a tax on the white man. Seriously?

          • Rodney Steward

            It basically destroyed my health Ins., everything tripled with less coverage, I guess your’s is FREE!

          • Lkfeinb

            You probably chose the wrong policy. Did you go over it with an insurance agent?

          • Rodney Steward

            We had it through the State, same as the teachers at the college she worked at, it was great, not so much now!

      • Lkfeinb

        More than 50% of the population likes the ACA. They are probably the ones that have it or have a family member on it. I am one of those.

        • Rodney Steward

          It was set up for minority’s and the very poor!

      • Lkfeinb

        OMG! Stop writing. You sound mentally ill!

    • Lkfeinb

      Interesting because auto insurance is forced upon us. I guess you don’t understand how health insurance works. It is a pool of the healthy and unhealthy. In group insurance everyone in the group must be insured or have insurance elsewhere. The companies have that rule. In the ACA, if all uninsurables are guaranteed coverage, then the young and healthy must be covered also. SOooooooooo
      because there isn’t an employer to enforce total coverage the government must have incentives. The incentive is to buy the insurance so you won’t be taxed. Without the mandate the companies will have to leave the healthcare marketplace or begin underwriting again and not accepting the sick. Is that what you want? Have you ever been denied insurance or do you get it with your job? It’s just math.

      • Webb

        Lk,
        First I don’t have to own a car, therefore no insurance required.
        Of course under Obamacare I understand the primus of the healthy paying for the unhealthy…the young paying for the oldl
        Yet that failed…the young said no thanks…those of us thats carried medical insurance over the years said no thanks…the insurance companies left…13 exchanges closed!
        That being said, The Mandate was a Forced Government Overreach into our very Lives which myself and many others Detest!
        Companies never Forced employees to purchase Healthcare Insurance!
        Personal Responsibility…Is a good thing.

        • Lkfeinb

          Oh, it’s all about you! Did you fight against mandatory car or home insurance? The mandates were getting higher that is why 11 million people signed up for Obamacare this open enrollment period! The young and healthy are now signing up. As far as the insurance companies leaving, that was because the government took a long time reimbursing them. It could have been fixed.
          I guess you are also against the trade agreement of us and 12 other nations to compete against China. He just cancelled that! Or destroying the EPA regulations that , for one thing, monitor lead in paint as well as asbestos etc. Yeah, those regs also are an overreach into our very lives. Or picking a cabinet member who is against public education. The very thing that made this country great. Immigrants were able to educate their children. Now the money for public education will go to vouchers and charter schools with little to no oversight. How about women’s healthcare all over the world! Taking federal money away from the arts, public radio and TV, ballet, music. This is a disaster of untold proportions including his need to pay off his debts to the powers that be in Russia. That is why he is cozying up to Putin. Like to see his tax returns!! Now his sons are completely in charge of his business. It really keeps him away from making deals, doesn’t it? Every other public servant makes a blind trust or divests from their business. You have made a grave mistake for us all by believing even one word this sociopath has said. And his defender: Kelly Anne Conway believes in “alternate truth?> There is no alternate truth. That is considered a lie.

          • Webb

            Lk…
            The discussion was Healthcare…
            Evidently you enjoy government controlling your Life…Your Choice!
            I choose to have all the control of my life the Law allows…Freedom!
            ☆☆☆

          • Lkfeinb

            I don’t feel it is control, I feel it is for the benefit of our society.

          • Lkfeinb

            Government has never controlled my life. Paying a fine to protect the health of overall society is not controlling my life. I have to pay taxes for the benefit of all.

    • Lkfeinb

      Why would any sane person in this country not want health insurance? Even healthy young people should want it. An accident can put you in debt for years!

  • David Stovall

    Let the people repeal Obamacare, one policy at a time. Don’t do a congressional appeal just yet. Just change the part that prohibits competing policies. Then the people will do it and stop all the whining from the Democrats, who will then be in the position of protesting the people and freedom.

    • Lkfeinb

      The Dems would have liked to eliminate competing policies and have a one payer system. It never would have passed a Republican Congress. It is a minor miracle anything passed. You know Medicare eliminates competing policies.

    • Lkfeinb

      Do you have health insurance? It is ALL Obamacare, just some don’t qualify for subsidies. You think your insurance will cost less? Funny.

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