Ending Obamcare was a campaign promise of Republicans including President-elect Donald Trump. Repeal without replacement or repeal with a delay, as some lawmakers have suggested, would send insurance markets into a tailspin, she said. "When I saw the executive order. all I kept thinking was this just creates more uncertainty and adds more instability to this market", she said.
On Friday Trump signed an executive order concerning the 2010 healthcare law, urging US agencies to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation" of provisions deemed to impose fiscal burdens on states, companies or individuals. John Cornyn (R-Texas) toldthe Hill that even if Trump put out a more specific vision for how to replace Obamacare, he wasn't sure it would become the basis for the congressional Republicans plan for a replacement.
President Trump's new executive order will weaken Obamacare and could make it harder to enforce Americans to be required to get health coverage and give insurance companies some leeway to drop some benefits.
Twila Brase is president and co-founder of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a Minnesota-based national organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered health care and protecting patient and privacy rights.
Larry Levitt - the vice-president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health-system analysis group - said it was a "sign that the Trump administration is looking to unwind the law in every way it can administratively". It also offers all 50 U.S. states more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market.
But ultimately, Collins and Cassidy say they want to bring coverage to the almost 30 million Americans without health insurance and this bill is a start.
Trump has said he wants to keep some elements of Obamacare, such as allowing young adults to be covered under their parents' insurance. At least nine governors and two lieutenant governors have signed up for a Thursday round table held by Senate Finance Committee Republicans on the future of the health law's Medicaid expansion.
And Trump has declared it inconceivable that poor Americans are locked out of health coverage.