Well that was fast. President Trump's recent executive order substantially changes the government's stance on the Affordable Care Act. The recent action changes the executive branch's stance on enforcing certain ACA provisions, which will change the critical element of whether the ACA law carries weight as it currently stands. Prominently, this likely includes the "individual mandate" that requires individuals to carry insurance or pay a penalty. Take a look at the link beneath for more information on this early action.
Notice, as the article beneath highlights, that the ACA will still take a great deal of time to unwind. That said, take a look here for some thoughts on how to prepare for changes in the ACA. For hospitals & administrators, have a look here for some thoughts on the impact of ACA changes to hospitals and health systems.
It directs the secretary of health and human services, as well as other agencies, to interpret regulations as loosely as allowed to minimize the financial burden on individuals, insurers, health care providers and others. It stressed that agencies can "waive, defer, grant exemptions from or delay implementation of any provision or requirement" of Obamacare that imposes a burden "to the maximum extent permitted by law." One possible example is the individual mandate, which requires most Americans to be insured or pay a penalty unless they can prove a financial hardship. "This will set the gears of the bureaucracy moving in a very different direction," said Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation. "Many of the changes envisioned in this order will take time to implement, but it signals a clear direction."