Trump may not enforce individual health insurance mandate – aide

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By Jason Lange and Toni Clarke

<span class="articleLocation”>The Trump administration may no longer enforce a
rule requiring individual Americans to carry health insurance or
pay a penalty if they do not, a senior White House official said
on Sunday

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week” program, Kellyanne Conway,
counselor to the president, said President Donald Trump “may
stop enforcing the individual mandate.”

Separately, on CBS’ “Face the Nation” show, she reiterated
Republican promises that no one would lose their health
insurance under Obamacare while a replacement is being
developed.

“For the 20 million who rely upon the Affordable Care Act in
some form, they will not be without coverage during this
transition time,” she said.

On Friday Trump signed an executive order concerning the
2010 healthcare law, urging U.S. agencies to “waive, defer,
grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation” of
provisions deemed to impose fiscal burdens on states, companies
or individuals.

Healthcare experts had speculated that Trump could expand
exemptions from the individual mandate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking on “Fox
News Sunday,” reiterated Republican promises to replace
Obamacare and allow patients to buy health insurance across
state lines using health savings accounts.

“We’re going to move carefully in conjunction with the
administration to repeal and replace it with things like health
savings accounts and interstate health insurance sales and
high-risk pools at the state level to take care of people who
have pre-existing conditions.” he said.

Last week Republican Representative Tom Price, Trump’s
nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services,
told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and
Pensions, that an overhaul of Obamacare will initially focus on
individual health plans sold on online exchanges and the
Medicaid health insurance program for low-income Americans.

He added that the revamp would not immediately tackle
changes to Medicare, the federal health insurance program for
those 65 and older and people with disabilities.

Trump has said he wants to keep some elements of Obamacare,
such as allowing young adults to be covered under their parents’
insurance. He is in favor of plans that use health savings
accounts and the sale of insurance across state lines.



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