by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Having provoked much progressive sputtering and head spinning last Friday by issuing new regulations weakening the notorious HHS contraception mandate, President Trump is poised to sign an executive order that will further dry up Obamacare’s regulatory morass. The Wall Street Journal reports that the order will expand enrollee options restricted by the Obama administration — allowing coverage to be purchased through association health plans, encouraging the sale of short-term medical insurance, and permitting pretax funds from health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) to be used for premiums on health plans. The impending order has already drawn satisfying charges of “sabotage” from Obamacare apologists.
The always humorous effusions of the brainiacs at Vox, for example, are particularly entertaining. That mainstay of puerile progressivism laments the imminent order under the following portentous headline: “How Trump is planning to gut Obamacare by executive order.” This is the outfit that was founded by a guy who fawned over Trump’s predecessor and his “signature domestic achievement” in such a nauseating fashion, despite Obama’s outrageous misuse of executive orders, that he was named by the former president as one of his favorite columnists. Nonetheless, demonstrating an unrivaled gift for unintentional irony, this crew assures us that Trump’s executive order will wreak wrack and ruin.