Trump’s First Executive Order: ‘Ease Burden’ of ObamaCare
In his first executive order, President Donald Trump called for federal agencies to “ease the burden” of Obamacare.
Trump says in the order that he will be seeking “prompt repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. Pending full repeal, however, he will “take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act.” He also says the executive order will give individual states “more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.”
The executive order continues:
To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies (agencies) with authorities and responsibilities under the Act shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.
According to Fox News, Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus also issued a memo that directs federal agencies to freeze all new regulations and those that may be in the pipeline until the Trump administration is able to review them.
Republicans in Congress began the process of repealing Obamacare last week with an addendum to a budget bill.
Trump Restores Churchill Bust to Oval Office in First Day as President
President Donald J. Trump has restored the bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to the Oval Office during his first day as president.
The new addition to the presidential office was spotted as the Mr. Trump was signing an order seeing the “prompt repeal” of Obamacare, his first official state action.
The sculpture of the wartime leader’s head is said to be a replica of one given to 1960s leader Lyndon B. Johnson and first appeared in the Oval Office during former George W. Bush’s administration.
However, it was replaced by a bust of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. during Barack Obama’s time in office.
After meeting Mr. Trump in November, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said he was “especially pleased at his very positive reaction to the idea that Sir Winston Churchill’s bust should be put back in the Oval Office”.
Then-London mayor Boris Johnson famously criticised Mr. Obama’s decision to remove the bust in an article for the Sun, suggesting the decision was fuelled by Mr. Obama’s “ancestral dislike of the British Empire”.
On Friday night, news reports circulated that a bust of Mr. Luther King had been removed from the Oval Office. However, the statue was simply not visible behind a door when reporters were let inside.
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