This is fresh, rather breaking news. I haven’t been able to process it fully yet. I’ve seen some jumping for joy, some patting on the back, some Rand Paul is great, and Good Trump headlines from liberty groups. For me, it’s too early to congratulate anyone. As I ponder it, I think this is much ado about nothing. Though another article (New York Times) says that supporters of the current law say this order sabotages Obamacare and will lead to its destruction. If that is true, then I’m pretty pleased.
On the one hand, it’s an executive order and we know that they are fleeting. Can it be a real victory if Congress hasn’t passed a law? Then there is the discomfort I feel when I read things like “bypassed congress”. I complained when Obama did that and I must complain equally when Trump does. That is IF his order stretches the powers of the president. If they fall fully within the powers of the chief executive then I have no complaint on that front.
The article reads, “Trump’s move is likely to encounter opposition from medical associations, consumer groups and even insurers — the same coalition that has lobbied the GOP-controlled Congress against earlier repeal-and-replace efforts.” History has shown that such groups benefit from the higher premiums produced by lack of competition. So when they complain I think perhaps things are moving in the right direction. It’s hard to see how giving people more choice is bad.
“Experts questioned Trump’s authority to issue such an order that would exempt some plans but not others from ObamaCare rules rather than pursuing the changes through legislation.”
Obama granted exemptions all day long. Using the same power Trump could have just exempted everyone. What this order really amounts to is him telling the agency in charge of Obamacare to find a way to promote competition. That doesn’t really say much about what will really happen. So, for now, I’m not all that excited about this.
The commerce clause gives power over interstate commerce to Congress, not the president. However, this move might just grease the wheels enough to make Congress confident enough to act. That said, all in all I’m pleased that Trump actually is working hard to keep his promise on this issue. This shows his campaign was not just a bunch of empty promises like other politicians. He meant it, and he’s trying various ways to actually do what he said.
Experts questioned Trump’s authority to issue such an order that would exempt some plans but not others from ObamaCare rules rather than pursuing the changes through legislation.