Feb 6, 2017 - Health

How Tom Price can unravel Obamacare without Congress

Andrew Harnik / AP

Tom Price, who is expected be confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services this week, is expected to immediately start picking apart Obamacare legislation once approved by the Senate. Here are the things he can do, per Politico, without waiting for Congress.

  1. Loosen Obamacare's benefit rules and give insurers more leeway in determining which healthcare benefits they'll pay for.
  2. Target the contraception coverage mandate by halting enforcement of the law. He could go even further, targeting the individual mandate itself.
  3. Tighten the enrollment rules and ramp up monitoring of Obamacare enrollees.

Once confirmed, Price will have plenty of room to singlehandedly shift healthcare toward a free-market system. Doing so will show that Price is taking the reins on unraveling Obamacare legislation, and in turn giving stonewalled congressional Republicans more clarity about what to do next.

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