President Trump signed an executive order late Friday giving federal agencies broad powers to unwind regulations created under the Affordable Care Act, including the penalty for people who fail to carry the health insurance that the law requires of most Americans.
The executive order, signed in the Oval Office as one of the new president’s first actions, directs agencies to grant relief to every one of the constituencies affected by the sprawling 2010 health-care law: insurers, hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical companies and states. While the order does not describe specific federal rules to be softened or lifted, it appears to give room for agencies to eliminate an array of taxes and requirements that exist under the law.
Also late Friday, Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff, issued a memo ordering a freeze on regulations for all government agencies. And Trump signed the official paperwork installing Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, two of his Cabinet picks whom the Senate had voted to confirm earlier in the day.
Read more on what the order and the memo mean.