In a move that could destabilize insurance markets, a top advisor to President Trump said that he might do away with Obamacare’s requirement that everyone be insured, Bloomberg reports. Trump advisor Kelleyanne Conway made the rounds of the Sunday morning news shows yesterday, saying that Trump may end the mandate even before Congress repeals the ACA.
Conway said on ABC’s This Week: “What President Trump is doing is, he wants to get rid of that Obamacare penalty almost immediately, because that is something that is really strangling a lot of Americans, to have to pay a penalty for not buying government-run health insurance.”
As Bloomberg notes, that would “take the teeth out” of the ACA. Conway was even more direct with an NBC interviewer. “We’re doing away with this Obamacare penalty. This tax has been so—such a burden on many Americans. And it’s also been a burden on many small business owners, many of whom complained to us that that the Obamacare penalty, along with so many other draconian regulations, are just a stranglehold.”
What exactly would replace the ACA has been something of a mystery. But Conway, according to Bloomberg, said that Medicaid grants would be given to states as block grants. She added that the replacement would include health-savings accounts, which are usually linked to high-deductible health plans.