Obama’s first major health law, an anti-skewed mandate, won’t be repealed, but it’s not nearly as big as the GOP claim
President Barack Obama’s health care law won’t go away anytime soon, but the president is taking steps to help stabilize the system and keep it from collapsing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday.
“The President’s vision for a healthy, functioning health care system remains as relevant as ever,” Psaki said.
“The Administration is committed to providing support to keep our people and our businesses safe and healthy.
That means, by the way, a full and speedy repeal of the President’s landmark 2010 law.”
Psaki said the president has taken executive action to make sure his plan remains on track and does not collapse under the pressure of a new Republican Congress.
“Today, the President announced that he is issuing an executive order directing the Departments of Health and Human Services and Labor to ensure that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remains on the books and fully implemented as planned,” she said.
The order instructs the Deputies to “establish a working group to develop an action plan to stabilize the insurance market and ensure that no individual or small group is left out of the market,” Psakis said.
Psaki added that the White House is actively working with Congress to craft a bipartisan solution to stabilize health care markets.
Psakis declined to say if the administration was looking to repeal the 2010 law outright or whether the administration would be taking actions to preserve its protections.
“We’re not going to comment on hypotheticals or speculation,” she told reporters.
“We’ve been very clear that we’re going to keep the President and his team working on the plan that’s the best for our people, the best plan for our economy and the best solution for our country.”
Republicans, however, are hoping to move quickly to undo the law’s insurance regulations.
The GOP has vowed to repeal and replace the law as soon as possible.
A Republican House committee on Tuesday approved legislation to roll back much of the law in an attempt to roll it back even faster, with some of the legislation being introduced by the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative lawmakers.