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Sam Baker Mar 9
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HHS cracks down on ACA defiance — but wants to legalize it

Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration will enforce the Affordable Care Act, at least against the most brazen attempts to flout it: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday told insurers and state regulators in Idaho that they cannot proceed with their effort to sell individual insurance plans that don’t comply with key ACA requirements.

Yes, but: Administration officials made clear that they were barring Idaho’s plan not because it would undermine the ACA, but because it’s illegal — and that they want to change that.