But the order will not necessarily have any significant practical impact on the nation’s health insurance system by the time Obamacare’s next open enrollment season starts next month.
That’s because of the time it takes to propose and take public comment on the potential changes.
And the order does not lift the Obamacare rule that most Americans have some form of health insurance for the year or face a tax penalty.
As a result of that omission, and other factors, it is not clear if the order will have a negative effect on enrollment in individual health plans sold on Obamacare plans that go into effect in 2018. Nor is it clear that enrollment in other health plans will increase significantly.
“I don’t know that it accomplishes all that much” in the short-term, said Gary Claxton, a vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a leading health-care policy research group, when asked about the order’s impacts.
But Trump said, “Today is only the beginning.”
“In the coming months we plan to take new measures to provide our people with even more relief and more freedom,” Trump said, referring to other executive actions to reform rules related to the Affordable Care Act.
Claxton said if the administration ends up loosening enforcement of the…
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