Trump’s executive order on health care blasted by Washington state officials

Local reaction to President Trump’s executive order regarding health care ranged from forcefully opposed to wait-and-see.

The executive order signed by President Donald Trump Thursday that could lead to changes in health insurance was greeted with strong condemnation by Washington state’s insurance commissioner.

“The executive order President Trump issued today proposes misguided and simplistic solutions to fix a complex problem — the growing costs of health care,” Commissioner Mike Kreidler said in a statement.

The executive order is the second insurance-related move the Trump administration has made since the latest attempt by Republicans in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, failed late last month. Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rolled back a federal requirement issued under the ACA that employers must include birth-control coverage in their health-insurance plans.

Some experts said Thursday’s executive order would chip away at the ACA by easing rules that allow small businesses and individuals to get insurance through health associations, which could bypass regulations and mandates set by states and the ACA. Other experts said Trump’s proposals appear to be modest and would have limited impact.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who has been working with Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., to stabilize the ACA, blasted the president’s actions. “The president has made a lot of promises to families about their health care, and if he truly wants to keep them, he’ll stop trying to create Trumpcare by sabotage, accept that repeal is off the table, and support Congress in getting our work done for patients and families,” she said.

But Kris Johnson, president and CEO of the Association of…

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