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Friday, January 20, 2017

Trump signs ObamaCare executive order

President Trump on Friday signed an executive order directing federal agencies to “ease the burden of ObamaCare."

Trump signed the order in front of reporters at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, one of his first official acts as president. 

The order did not direct any specific actions, but instead gave broad authority to the Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies to take actions available to them under the law to ease regulatory requirements from ObamaCare. 

It pushes agencies to target provisions that impose a "fiscal burden" on a state or a "cost" or "regulatory burden" on individuals or businesses. 

It is not clear what practical effects will come from the order.

But the move could eat away at the law's individual insurance mandate by granting more exemptions to people so they do not have to purchase plans. 

Republicans have also said they want to loosen the rules around ObamaCare's requirements on what healthcare services an insurance plan must cover. 

Congressional action will be needed to make most major changes to the law. 

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