Change to former President Barack Obama's health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is imminent, Annette Bechtold, senior vice president of regulatory affairs and reform initiatives at OneDigital, wrote in a blog post.
Bechtold outlined the efforts of President Donald Trump's administration to fulfill a campaign promise and repeal the ACA, which so far have included an executive order that instructs Congress and regulatory agencies to push for delays, changes and eliminations of provisions that entail costs or regulatory burdens.
Although Trump’s executive order does not repeal the ACA in and of itself, the Republican led 115th Congress is also taking steps to repeal or modify the law. According to Bechtold, there are seven bills with 303 cosponsors supporting full repeal in the House and three bills with six cosponsors for similar measures in the Senate. In the House, 16 bills with 282 cosponsors would target partial repeal, while four with 27 cosponsors would target expansion of health savings accounts (HSAs). In the Senate, partial repeals has the support of 29 cosponsors spread across two bills, while HSA expansion has two cosponsors for two bills.
Bechtold did note positive signs from the administration that changes will be implemented over time.