ACTION: Trump Begins Repealing Obamacare From the Oval Office

With a series of major executive orders on Thursday, President Donald Trump took serious action to begin repealing the unconstitutional, freedom-killing aspects of the Affordable Care Act, compelling Congress to either get its act together or watch the marketplace implode under the weight of its own bad regulations.

In the most significant of the actions, Trump put a halt to the insurance subsidies currently being dispersed by the executive branch, a move that not only restores Congress’s proper role as the keeper of the purse but will stop billions in taxpayer money going to prop up the insurance industry.

“The Democrats’ ObamaCare is imploding,” the president tweeted Friday. “Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance companies has stopped. Dems should call me to fix!”

In an official statement, the White House that the Department of Health and Human Services could no longer justify the subsidy payments currently being generated by the federal government.

“We will discontinue these payments immediately,” HHS announced.

Make no mistake, Trump’s executive orders, which also expand insurance choices for small business owners and other small-group associations and allow insurance companies to sell short-term plans that do not meet Obamacare’s rigorous requirements, will grind the ACA marketplace to its swift death. Without action by Congress, the Obamacare system will collapse in on itself, because it depends on both subsidies and an influx of young, healthy customers to maintain “affordability” for seniors and the ill. Trump’s executive orders all but guarantee that the “healthy” end of that balance will disappear, meaning insurance companies will almost certainly stop providing plans on the official exchange.

From a purely political standpoint, Trump’s bold action proves that, unlike the RINOs in the Congress, he is willing to put his money where his mouth is. By opening up the insurance regulations to allow companies to sell across state lines, he is bringing the kind of extraordinary free market reform that he promised on the campaign trail. By allowing groups of individuals to come together and form associations, he is putting power back in the hands of the CONSUMER while easing the federal government’s iron grip on the healthcare industry. Even if Republicans HAD been able to pass repeal-and-replace this year, it’s unlikely that any of the legislation would have gone this far.

Despite inaction on Capitol Hill, these executive orders show that President Trump is not walking away from one of the biggest promises of his administration: To reform and improve American healthcare. It’s hard to imagine any other Republican presidential candidate would have had the guts to make these moves; this is why Americans trusted Trump and this is why 2016 was one of the most remarkable years in the history of conservatism. The winning has begun.

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  1. Tahnk God someone is finally doing something about the healthcare fiasco that Obamacare left! Since Obamacare was rammed through, healthcare costs have doubled! The people hurt most by O’Care, are the sickest Americans. To pay for Obamacare, $700 billion was stolen from Medicare. Medicare is the health insurance plan for the sickest Americans, senior citizens and the disabled.

    • BULLS EYE….Obama SOLD OUT to Aetna ( stocks up 250% since his O ZERO CARE) Humana (+198%) etc etc and he borrowed the money to SCRE AMERCANS to boot….LIED , and Increased premiums too.<<<<Time to GRIBER the (D) Fascist party ………….

      • In time, we will learn of how corrupt the Obama Administration really was.
        It will take a long time to clean up the mess he and his appointed staffs were.
        We need to get the mess cleaned up and hopefully, in the near future, we can see justice done with the Hillary Clinton crimes and someone will man-up enough to force a review of the massive Obama Administration spending, the largest invasion of illegal immigrants into our nation in our history, and the disappearance of millions of dollars in 911 recovery and the State Department funds, both disappearances occurring while Hillary was the keeper of the peoples purse relating to those monetary disapearances.

        • “In time”?? If our Elected Officilas would get off their BUTTS I believe that in a very Short Time with FBI, State dept and IRS cooperation , Comey, Holder, Loretta, S Rice, Power ( mrs Cass SUSTEIN the COMMIE) and OVOMIT HIMSELF would be JAILED along with the Clintons, Valerie Jarret, Huma Abedin, Mills and Most of the Clinton Foundation all “PALS of HARVEY WEINSTEIN BTW>>>>CROOKES… PRoblem is WILL THEY???? Or are they putting in motion “forgiveness plans for themselves” for te next Admin as OVOMIT TROLLS have done???
          BTW Speaking of “PAYIFFS” … How Many BILLIONS in Profits have INS companies reported for 2017 so far and RECEIVE TAX PAYERS BAIL OUTS from OVOMIT mishandling of his IMPLODING OVOMITCARE??????

        • And your source for this information is what/where?

    • Did Obama do anything honest!

    • Obama care was forced onto the American people in spite of tier wanting it, needing it or being able to afford it. Where they ever found logic in including “affordable” in the Obama care will always be a mystery to me; only those who had someone else paying for the insurance for them (like our legislators – along with their retirement) . For over 50 years I seldom saw a doctor for anything other than an annual physical; when Obama care took over anytime I saw a doctor I was referred to a chain of other doctors for a long list of technical tests and ended up with prescriptions for things I had never heard of. The medical and pharmaceutical companies became benefiters of Obama Care that has made people poorer as Bigger medical corporations and paid off politicians who still fight to defend the big-pill corporations argue to protect the pill makers and pushers; corporate and political greed at it’s worse.

    • Any documented proof for that?

      • https://www.forbes.com/sites/sallypipes/2014/10/06/obamacare-bad-for-employers-bad-for-employees/#3d1d88b52d49http://thefederalist.com/2016/04/15/obamacare-still-not-working/ These articles are old, and they don’t illustrate all the ways in which Obama care has been a disaster. But they’re a good place to start. There is an abundance of documented proof that Obama care has been a resounding, doomed from the start failure. You need only pull the liberal blinders down long enough to look. Of course I know you won’t do that Rich, it requires you to acknowledge truth and reality, two things liberals are loathe to do.

        • A response to your concluding statement-I am not loathe seek the truth-

          So you have sent a link from a source that points out ,as we all know ,the ACA is not perfect-It was never meant to be-it was a frame work for health care reform- It is a start-It’s two main purposes – increase the number of Americans to gain coverage and begin the process of cost reduction of care- for it to succeed all components of the plan had to be implemented -It was always intended that the plan would need to be modified as problems that worked against it’s goal came to light-Any reasonable thinking person knew they would- Unfortunately,forces pushed hard against it and under minded it’s progress for political gain-the ACA is not socialized medicine-It is not single payer-It is a private sector insurance based plan with government assistance to help those who prior to it’s existence were not unable to afford insurance.

          • Here is something that I just share with someone else. Let me tell you, it is not good. Trump’s plan makes more sense and if they can get small businesses to conglomerate, people could afford it. It would be like Walmart insurance. Insurance companies presently go by zip code. I know this from working at Medicare a few years ago. That is why some people get great deals, other do not. The following is my healthcare story from obamacare. I started on obamacare about 2 years ago. I sent my information in at least 5 times. I also updated it and checked to make sure that they had what they needed. Yet, even though they told me, more than once, that they had everything that they needed, at tax time, I had to pay 2,100 dollars back to them. That is a lot of money for us and was supposed to go to our house taxes. It put us in a bind. In addition to this, I paid many things like labs and specialists out of pocket. Before obamacare, I went to a volunteer clinic and made a donation. They took care of examinations, some lab work and medication. It was funded by generous wealthy people and the doctors and other workers donated their time. I could see my cardiologist because I wasn’t paying out a premium. Anything that I had to do, like see a specialist, I would barter with the office to get a discount to make it affordable. Some hospitals are really good about hardship and reduce or eliminate bills for low income.
            Last year, I called Marketplace and let them know that I got a raise and when I got it. I told them that I would send in the proof. I was told not to-that they changed that policy. I called back and asked another representative who confirmed that. Guess what?! At tax time, I was charged 1,000 dollars back, so we were short for our house taxes again.
            I only see my own doctor if I pay out of pocket, oh, it goes towards my out of network of 20,000 dollars a year. If I see their specialist (I did this for a cardiologist a couple of times-he was clueless), I pay out of pocket until I meet the in network deductible of 7,500 dollars a year. That is over half of my earned income from McDonald’s. I am supposed to have urgent care coverage. I broke a bone in my foot and one in my toe a few months ago(my toe was side ways). But, when I called to find out where I could go for urgent care (there was one in my doctor’s office), the representative said that there weren’t any within a hundred miles of my home and then she quit looking. So, I waited a few days to see my primary care doctor (the doctor of their choosing), thinking that would be the only way to get it covered. What a surprise! That, too, was out of pocket. I was informed that I need to see my primary doctor in order to receive my medications. This appointment was not covered, either. I was finally told that the only thing that they cover is preventative services. Now, I worked at Medicare at one point and I know that preventative is only preventative unless they find something wrong-then it becomes diagnostic. Then, that would be out of pocket. I have 2 heart conditions and because of obamacare, I can’t afford to see my own doctor or, even to get the test that would confirm where my potassium levels are. One time, a couple of years ago, they bottomed out and I almost died. I am 64 and would like to be around for awhile yet.
            obamacare is a horrible thing and never should have been mandatory. It has been detrimental to my finances and my health. It needs to not be mandatory. You are worried about people losing their healthcare, but for many of us, it would be better. Besides, Chuck Grassley said that it would take 2 years before it would go through, so why are you people making a big deal of it? By then, there will be a new plan.
            You have good healthcare, I am sure. I doubt that you had to take it or you were penalized. What if you were facing the same challenges that I am? What if it was more than you could afford and paid out very little? What if you could not get what you needed to be healthy because of the cost of your health plan that would not cover it unless you paid an impossible deductible and with that, not a doctor that you trust for a life threatening condition? That is what some of us are going through.
            That is my Affordable Care Act Story. It does not have a happy ending until I am off of it.

          • Give it up Rich you are looking worse as you go?

          • If you really believe any of that I feel very sorry for you, scratch that, I already feel sorry for you. It’s sad, depressing in fact to see so many people so willing to pull the wool over their own eyes, and hold it there, no matter what.

          • That’s called useful IDIOTS for the communist democrat cry baby party.

          • Slate???? Seriously? No wonder you sound so misinformed and mystifyingly arrogant about it. It’s just embarrassing Rich.

          • Natalie,Princess of Darkness-please call me more denigrating names…please.please.please

          • Wrong ACA is socialized medicine and you are a lying libtard.

          • boone 1-you wouldn’t know what socialized medicine was if it sat on your face…

          • Have you ever been to a VA hospital that is socialized medicine asswipe.

          • Have you? If so what happened that caused you to reach this conclusion?

        • Where did you go? Never heard back From you. Guess you don’t have much of anything to back up your comments. Knew it all along

      • I started on obamacare about 2 years ago. I sent my information in at least 5 times. I also updated it and checked to make sure that they had what they needed. Yet, even though they told me, more than once, that they had everything that they needed, at tax time, I had to pay 2,100 dollars back to them. That is a lot of money for us and was supposed to go to our house taxes. It put us in a bind. In addition to this, I paid many things like labs and specialists out of pocket. Before obamacare, I went to a volunteer clinic and made a donation. They took care of examinations, some lab work and medication. It was funded by generous wealthy people and the doctors and other workers donated their time. I could see my cardiologist because I wasn’t paying out a premium. Anything that I had to do, like see a specialist, I would barter with the office to get a discount to make it affordable. Some hospitals are really good about hardship and reduce or eliminate bills for low income.
        Last year, I called Marketplace and let them know that I got a raise and when I got it. I told them that I would send in the proof. I was told not to-that they changed that policy. I called back and asked another representative who confirmed that. Guess what?! At tax time, I was charged 1,000 dollars back, so we were short for our house taxes again.
        I only see my own doctor if I pay out of pocket, oh, it goes towards my out of network of 20,000 dollars a year. If I see their specialist (I did this for a cardiologist a couple of times-he was clueless), I pay out of pocket until I meet the in network deductible of 7,500 dollars a year. That is over half of my earned income from McDonald’s. I am supposed to have urgent care coverage. I broke a bone in my foot and one in my toe a few months ago(my toe was side ways). But, when I called to find out where I could go for urgent care (there was one in my doctor’s office), the representative said that there weren’t any within a hundred miles of my home and then she quit looking. So, I waited a few days to see my primary care doctor (the doctor of their choosing), thinking that would be the only way to get it covered. What a surprise! That, too, was out of pocket. I was informed that I need to see my primary doctor in order to receive my medications. This appointment was not covered, either. I was finally told that the only thing that they cover is preventative services. Now, I worked at Medicare at one point and I know that preventative is only preventative unless they find something wrong-then it becomes diagnostic. Then, that would be out of pocket. I have 2 heart conditions and because of obamacare, I can’t afford to see my own doctor or, even to get the test that would confirm where my potassium levels are. One time, a couple of years ago, they bottomed out and I almost died. I am 64 and would like to be around for awhile yet.
        obamacare is a horrible thing and never should have been mandatory. It has been detrimental to my finances and my health. It needs to not be mandatory. You are worried about people losing their healthcare, but for many of us, it would be better. Besides, Chuck Grassley said that it would take 2 years before it would go through, so why are you people making a big deal of it? By then, there will be a new plan.
        You have good healthcare, I am sure. I doubt that you had to take it or you were penalized. What if you were facing the same challenges that I am? What if it was more than you could afford and paid out very little? What if you could not get what you needed to be healthy because of the cost of your health plan that would not cover it unless you paid an impossible deductible and with that, not a doctor that you trust for a life threatening condition? That is what some of us are going through.
        That is my Affordable Care Act Story. It does not have a happy ending until I am off of it.

      • Rich if you can not see any proof of it with out the document You just can not fix stupid !

      • Are you that STUPID!!!

    • obamacare was a disaster from day one, and built on lies only. I lost my insurance and my doctor that lying treasonous traitor Muslim sissified BOY barack hussein obama had repeated his lie many time. If you like your insurance you can keep it, LIE, if you like your doctor you can keep them, LIE. I am glad president Trump is taking action of this abomination that has cost more money and was shoved down our throats by the democrat party, AKA anti-God, America, they have no respect for our laws or us. Evil runs through their veins and they are truly sons and daughters of Satan.

    • Excuse me maureen-

      ” Medicare is the health insurance plan for the sickest Americans, senior citizens and the disabled.’

      That is not true- Medicare is a healthcare plan fro Americans age 65 –

  2. Thank you President Trump, America thanks you, from the bottom of our hearts. And we are behind you 100%. So when the liberal media starts its tired, illusory dance of screeching, manufactured hysteria and doomsday predictions, when liberal celebrities and politicians start their ranting and raving and hypocritical hate stand strong, don’t give an inch. Our voices aren’t as loud as theirs, but they are raised as one, the voice of our nation, THANK YOU

  3. Repeal 0bamacare. One doesn’t discuss what you are replacing cancer with before you rip it out of the body….

  4. Feckless Republicans show their true colors when they didn’t repeal it in the first place.

  5. Shame of the liars that passed the oxymoron called Affordable Care Act….

  6. The Insurance companies have been sucking off the Government tit for so long, I am not sure they even know what competition is… This no doubt is a bold move. MAGA.

  7. Bravo President Trump! The idea that the insurance industry was being subsidized by our government despite stock piling billions if not trillions from our society is discrasful.

    • Just another gift from the King of crony capitalism, comrade Obama. Now if the Senate would wake up and realize the party is over, and the people are tired of BS business as usual, something of lasting substance might actually get done.

  8. REPEAL the monstrosity. Free market insurance across state lines and the market itself will be FORCED to replace.

    Common sense has become most uncommon.

  9. KEEP GOING TRUMP, your doing a great job .CLEAN THAT SWANP

  10. Excellent now the do nothing congress is forced to do something, this what we are paying these hi dollar morons for!

  11. Hopefully Trump will now get rid of all the extra taxes in this law. Rip it apart 1 line at a time and leave congress with more failures and more reasons to Drain The Swamp! WTG Trump!

  12. I hope this is true, I know he is trying, but I have already had informations my insurance is going up AGAIN. Every year it goes up and my income does not. How long can we cope with this!

  13. Thank God for Trump! He has finally done what needed to be done. The mere fact that the insurance companies will have to vie for our business is the best news!! It’s time that some sense was knocked into this mess! Now for tax relief and the take down of Big Pharma!! Go Trump!

  14. Trump’s “Bold action” is to enforce the ACA law – which limited funding for the Risk Corridor to profits from successful insurers within the plan. According to the ACA law, the Risk Corridor has already expired – with it on the hook for billions of dollars – five billion to the Treasury for its “startup” – which was scheduled to be repaid by now but hasn’t been. Keep in mind that Obama said “It’s the law. You can’t change it.” Never mind that he kept making changes without benefit of Congress. And, something which seems not to receive any attention is that the money that was being paid to insurers despite the law against it was money sucked out of other government programs, at least six billion out of Social Security alone. Cutpurse Obama gave the public (Congress and his own administration exempted) what he wanted to give them – and made them pay for it. It works like a lobster trap: Easy for the lobster to get into to reach the bait. Remember the unrealistic promises with which Obamacare was promoted? The result for the victims was similar.

  15. it would do the world a favor if the obuma’s died in a horrible way like they tried to do to seniors

  16. Trump is motivated primarily by spite. Do we really want healthcare policy to be based on sabotage?

    • W. Coyote, you are a dimwit if you really believe your own B.S. Of course, you are undoubtedly a demon-fascist who is NOT PAYING what the rest of Americans are having gouged from their diminishing bank accounts – by the way, peanut brain, gouged means swindled. According to the Urban Dictionary, “…gouging’s a deliberate attempt to steal far more than fair share through trickery, scheming, coercion…” You are most likely a special ‘exempt’ group that doesn’t give a hoot about anyone but yourself. Like Mr. Obaminable you are a hypocritical, narcissistic, solipsistic: i.e. one who believes that the universe would not exist without you in it. You are therefore a psycho like your hero and should be confined to the loony-bin with your fellow nut cases. And by the way, we the people want a fair and honest health care system that does not ROB seniors of over 7 billion dollars from our hard-earned Medicare system that we have been funding for upwards of 50 years. Of course, libtard, you aren’t old enough, nor with our broken educational system well-educated enough, to even imagine the words equitable, honest, etc. as part of your own lexicon (you can look that word p on your own. Your LOGIC is hysterical. To be moronic enough to state that President, “…Trump is motivated primarily by spite.” and then equate that to a health care policy based on sabotage, when OB’s “health care” system was and is one of the most fallacious, i.e. deceptive, misleading, delusive, nightmarish policies of the former Potus and his partners in crime Hilly-Billy and Nancy – “just pass it and read it later” Pelosi is so far left and imbecilic that it’s main bastion – California – is actually slipping inexorably off the edge of the planet. You should be ashamed, but your egoistic self-absorption, in your own world that sane people are not able to enter is incapable of recognizing your and your fellow libtard’s lunacy. The world is not here to serve you Coyote “snowflake.” Why not try to follow what your libtard Hero – J.F. Kennedy paraphrased/plagiarized: “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” BTW – “Paraphrasing plagiarism is committed when a writer summarizes an idea taken from another source and fails both to cite the author(s) and to provide the corresponding reference.(Quoteland.com)

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      In an 1884 speech, Oliver Wendell Holmes said: “recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.”
      Warren Harding in 1916 at the Republican convention echoed a similar statement: “we must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it and more anxious about what it can do for the nation.” That line is on display in Harding’s own handwriting at his Marion, Ohio home. (ZendamModerator Quoteland Godfather) Naturally, your famous demoncrat, JFK stole ‘his’ most famous quote from a Republican. Wise-up and understand that ALL your fellow snowflake demoncrats are solipsists and live in their own self-contained universes – just like you. Someday, you might need a helpful hand. Do you really think that any of your loony-tunes will be there when you need them? Ponder that, and look into the endless abyss of your future…

    • With all due respect Coyote, isn’t that what Obama did? He sabotaged our healthcare system.

      • bendecido- Good morning and thank you for your reply. “He sabotaged our healthcare system”? Really? How did he do that? How does extending insurance in the private market to millions of uncovered people constitute sabotage?

  17. Obamacare was/is an American disaster!!!! While living in luxury, took more vacations than ALL previous presidents combined, the elderly w/ NO care & vets dying waiting for health care, he went on ANOTHER vacation!!! Thank God he is gone & lying Hillary lost!!!

  18. If the scumbags McConnell and Paul Ryan won’t repeal the Obamacare, then President Trump will do it. Two thumbs up for our heroic and courageous President.

    • You miss the circus in the Rose Garden this mid day (DC time), with McConnell sucking up to Trump like he was part octopus? It was OAN and kind of nauseating, really, watching McConnell pretending he’s all conservative and pro-America and all….

  19. Tired of my tax dollars going to a bunch of niggers in yet another form of welfare. Get a job or die, it’s that damn simple.

  20. Everyone ran on “repeal”; no one ran to “replace” and any replacement would be JUST as unconstitutional as the mess they’d be replacing so JUST as WRONG! Simply repeal and let the free market deal with replacing, as it’s meant to do! Government doesn’t belong in the health care business; the VA is ample proof they can’t manage it adequately!

  21. Trump should change the benefits the politicians get for nothing and make them by there own ins.

  22. Obamacare was a total fraud. Unconstitutional by law, rammed through and down American’s throats. Any legitimate lawmaker and supreme court justices should know better and I’m sure they did, but the money and power was too great to do the right thing. Heads should roll.

  23. Is it common for the Executive Branch to be dispersing payments out to anyone for anything? ( ” Trump put a halt to the insurance subsidies currently being dispersed by the executive branch,- – .) Is this another of the Obama hidden secrets; it sounds like something he might have also been doing with the $2.2 Billion Dollar “Marketing Budget” he maintained. Maybe he. Harry Reid and Hillary can share adjoining cells when the truth comes out about the Obama White House spending!

  24. Opening up sales of insurance across state lines is the single most important thing to bringing down insurance prices. Free market principles to initiate competition brings down prices and improves the quality of the product!

  25. I work for a small business and my insurance has been going up every year and they are always changing insurance companies trying to find a better deal!

  26. Mess with the bull and you get the horns.
    Now lets see how many lawsuits come from this action.
    Because basically the ACA was ILLEGAL in thought and action.

  27. THank God for President Trump !!!!

  28. Good job, President Trump…doing EXACTLY what the American people voted you in to do…keep up the good work!
    MAGA!!

  29. People !
    There ain’t no free lunch ! There will always be that person who doesn’t have to pony up a penny pointing at some poor wretch and crying; “You’ve got to help him!”
    (or her, or it, or them) (Buckets of tears and snot flowing.)
    And unsaid, but clearly meant; With YOUR money, not mine.
    Let ME tell you what to do ! Just give everything you have, or will work for, to the common good and everything will be just rosy.
    That’s called Communism and go ask a Russian how it works.
    We cannot be totally responsible for everything bad that happens to everybody. But if you believe in our constitution and America, we will do the best we can.
    So knock off all the wailing and get with the program, whatever it is ! It ain’t gonna be perfect ! It ain’t gonna be “One size fits all” ! But it’s gonna be better than a bunch of hidden taxes and penalties that protects and benefits only those that wrote the law.
    And it ain’t gonna happen over night either !
    We are AMERICANS and we will, like we have always done, do the best that we can.
    That’s why everybody around the world wants to be here.

  30. thanks mr prisedent real American president trump

  31. ANOTHER GOOD example how TRUMP is working hard FOR THE PEOPLE, not the crooks in CONGRESS

  32. sorry Rich, but you don’t know anything about my insurance. I worked for DOE at a Nuclear
    Weapons Factory.

  33. Thank you Donald J Trump for being an American the first one in the last 8 years that gave all the money to the Terroist and in his pocket and the Democrats have joined with the most Corrupt Low down in the world and when you get right down George Soros is more evil than the rocket man in north Korea and the left are all in bed with him Period they want to use a whip on every one of us the biggest liars that ever was and strive off the ignorant and the Evil PERIOD !!

  34. obamacare is nothing more then nigger care.

  35. SO since CONGRESS in Unable or Afraid or Incompetent or UNWILLING to keep their Promises…..Someone like Trump has to do what We The Public Wants…..REPEAL AND REPLACE O VOMIT CARE!!!! some ONE GOT TO DO IT….THANK you Mr PRESIDENT!

  36. Thank you President Trump.

  37. Joy Reid is on MSNBC and Slate reported this along with many others sitess- You are attacking the messenger and not the facts presented because you can’t refute the facts-natalie- you need to comment on the facts of the Joy Reid comment- You probably won’t respond because you can’t…you choose to remain willfully ignorant.

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