It may be a matter of when, but Republicans will need a major health care reform push to save the Affordable Care Act.
And while the GOP has not offered a detailed plan yet, the Trump administration is preparing to make one, according to multiple sources.
Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Friday, which will instruct the Health and Human Services Department to begin issuing a plan to repeal the law, a person familiar with the matter told Fox News.
The order will also instruct the Federal Register to conduct a review of the Affordable Health Care Act to determine whether to repeal or replace it.
This would be a major shift in the administration’s approach to health care.
Trump has called the Affordable Healthcare Act “unworkable” and said it is “failing” the American people.
Trump’s order would not be binding on other government agencies, but would be one of the first major actions the Trump presidency has taken to implement the health care law.
The executive order also would call on the Department of Labor to “review all Federal contracts to hire or fire employees in order to determine how best to avoid the unnecessary loss of employment opportunities and to promote the recruitment and retention of qualified employees.”
This would mean the U.S. could lose $3.5 trillion in contracts.
The White House has been mum about the order’s content, but several sources have told Fox that it will be about health care, and specifically the ACA, which is widely regarded as the most significant legislative achievement of the Obama administration.
“The president has made it very clear he’s not going to get caught up in this.
It’s very much about health,” one administration official told Fox.
Trump, who has a penchant for taking credit for the success of his agenda, has said repeatedly that the ACA has been “one of the greatest accomplishments of our lifetimes.”
The ACA has helped millions of Americans get health insurance, and it has allowed them to stay in their homes.
Republicans have criticized the law for forcing them to lose their jobs, for imposing too many requirements and for imposing overly burdensome financial restrictions.
“We are going to make the ACA a priority,” Trump said in March.
“It’s a very big deal, and I will say it very clearly: I’m going to put the Republicans in charge of it.
We’re going to do a tremendous job.”
But Democrats have said the law is the reason Trump is in office, and they have called on him to immediately repeal the legislation.
“I think it’s pretty clear what the president is going to be doing.
I think he’s going to repeal it and we’re going not to have it,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said last week.
“He has to do it now.
He has to repeal Obamacare, and that’s the only way we’re ever going to have a functioning country.”
Republicans have repeatedly said they will repeal the ACA once Trump is sworn in, but Democrats have pointed to a number of Republican senators who have said they are open to repealing the law.
A Trump aide said Friday that the president plans to announce a list of priorities by March 1.
The administration is expected also to announce new regulations to improve the insurance market, which Democrats say will be a big priority for them.
One key aspect of the plan is to make it easier for people to buy health insurance through an exchange, a new government initiative that allows consumers to shop for health insurance on their own.
This will be particularly important for Democrats, who are increasingly frustrated with how the ACA works and are seeking more freedom to buy insurance on the open market.
The Obama administration said the ACA is the “single largest achievement of American progress” in its 100-year history, and the GOP-led Congress has spent months working to repeal and replace it and have failed to do so.
The Affordable Care, America’s health care system, is “a disaster for Americans,” Trump wrote in a May 26 op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.
“Obamacare has cost more than $3 trillion, burdened the economy for years, left millions without coverage and led to hundreds of thousands of deaths.”
The new administration has been busy in recent weeks working on its first legislative effort, a bill to repeal much of the ACA.
Trump signed two executive orders on Thursday, one directing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to begin reviewing a number in order “to ensure the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Program (ACA) is in accordance with the law.”
The other, issued on Friday afternoon, directs the Department’s Office of Management and Budget to begin conducting a review “to identify a replacement for the ACA.”
This order will “take the first step in establishing a replacement program for the Affordable and Patient Protection Program,” the order said.
The first order directs HHS to review the cost and effectiveness of the new Medicare program and determine whether it is appropriate to create an insurance program under the Affordable Act.
This order also directs the Office of Personnel Management to conduct an