Media Reports: President-Elect Trump Plans Executive Actions on ACA Repeal | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Media Reports: President-Elect Trump Plans Executive Actions on ACA Repeal

January 4, 2017
by Heather Landi
| Reprints
Click To View Gallery

House Republicans are planning to get an Affordable Care Act repeal bill on President-elect Trump's desk by Feb. 20, while the administration moves forward with executive actions to start unwinding the ACA on day one, according to a report from The Hill.

The article posted today by The Hill’s Peter Sullivan cited a House Republican as well as Vice President-elect Mike Pence. In the article, Sullivan wrote, “The Feb. 20 target date was put forward by incoming House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black (R-Tenn.), said Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), who was leaving a meeting with House Republicans and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Wednesday.”

The article further states, “Pence said Trump plans to take executive actions to start unwinding ObamaCare on day one, but did not get into specifics.”

In his reporting, Sullivan quoted Pence: “It will be an orderly transition to something better ... using executive authority to ensure it’s an orderly transition," Pence told reporters. "We’re working now on a series of executive orders that will enable that orderly transition to take place even as Congress appropriately debates alternatives to and replacements for ObamaCare.”

Further, Sullivan also reported, “Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), an early Trump supporter, added that, ‘The president in his first day in office is going to do some level of executive orders related to ObamaCare.’”

“But Collins said there were ‘no details whatsoever’ on the orders discussed in the meeting,” Sullivan wrote in the article.

And, further in the story, Sullivan wrote, “GOP lawmakers emerging from the meeting with Trump’s inner circle said no details for a replacement were discussed. Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) equated the gathering to a ‘pep rally’ aimed at boosting enthusiasm among Republicans for the job ahead.”

As Congress prepares to repeal portions of the ACA and President-elect Trump has announced his intentions for ACA repeal, healthcare industry leaders have voiced concerns about any repeal without an immediate replacement.

James Madara, M.D., the CEO of the American Medical Association (AMA), issued a letter to House and Senate leadership yesterday urging policy makers to provide “reasonable detail” about their replacement plan before moving to alter insurance coverage under the ACA.

In that letter, Madara wrote, “Health system reform is an ongoing quest for improvement. The AMA supported passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because it was a significant improvement on the status quo at that time. We continue to embrace the primary goal of that law—to make high quality, affordable health care coverage accessible to all Americans. We also recognize that the ACA is imperfect and there a number of issues that need to be addressed. As such, we welcome proposals, consistent with the policies of our House of Delegates, to make coverage more affordable, provide greater choice, and increase the number of those insured.”

Further, Madara also wrote that “it is essential that gains in the number of Americans with health insurance coverage be maintained.”

Madara wrote, “Consistent with this core principle, we believe that before any action is taken through reconciliation or other means that would potentially alter coverage, policymakers should lay out for the American people, in reasonable detail, what will replace current policies. Patients and other stakeholders should be able to clearly compare current policy to new proposals so they can make informed decisions about whether it represents a step forward in the ongoing process of health reform.”



Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More



Study: EHRs Tied with Lower Hospital Mortality, But Only After Systems Have Matured

Over the past decade, there has been significant national investment in electronic health record (EHR) systems at U.S. hospitals, which was expected to result in improved quality and efficiency of care. However, evidence linking EHR adoption to better care is mixed, according to medical researchers.

Nursing Notes Can Help Predict ICU Survival, Study Finds

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario have found that sentiments in healthcare providers’ nursing notes can be good indicators of whether intensive care unit (ICU) patients will survive.

Health Catalyst Completes Acquisition of HIE Technology Company Medicity

Salt Lake City-based Health Catalyst, a data analytics company, has completed its acquisition of Medicity, a developer of health information exchange (HIE) technology, and the deal adds data exchange capabilities to Health Catalyst’s data, analytics and decision support solutions.

Advocate Aurora Health, Foxconn Plan Employee Wellness, “Smart City,” and Precision Medicine Collaboration

Wisconsin-based Advocate Aurora Health is partnering with Foxconn Health Technology Business Group, a Taiwanese company, to develop new technology-driven healthcare services and tools.

Healthcare Data Breach Costs Remain Highest at $408 Per Record

The cost of a data breach for healthcare organizations continues to rise, from $380 per record last year to $408 per record this year, as the healthcare industry also continues to incur the highest cost for data breaches compared to any other industry, according to a new study from IBM Security and the Ponemon Institute.

Morris Leaves ONC to Lead VA Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization

Genevieve Morris, who has been detailed to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from her position as the principal deputy national coordinator for the Department of Health and Human Services, will move over full time to lead the newly establishment VA Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization.