5 things to know about Pres. Trump's executive order addressing the ACA

President Donald Trump signed an executive order shortly after his inauguration on Jan. 20 directing government agencies to "scale back as many aspects of the Affordable Care Act as possible," according to the New York Times.

The executive order, however, didn't specify which aspects of the ACA to target.

Here are five things to know:

1. The order allows federal agencies to delay, waive or change ACA provisions "deemed overly costly for insurers, drug makers, doctors, states or patients," according to the report.

2. Although the order doesn't repeal the ACA, it urges the agencies to minimize any unnecessary regulatory and economic burdens.

3. Making good on another campaign promise, the order calls for states and insurance companies to have more flexibility in healthcare program implementation.

4. The order promotes developing "a free and open market in interstate commerce for the offering of healthcare services and health insurance," according to the order as reported in Reuters.

5. Republicans haven't released a detailed plan to replace the ACA.


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