Tom Price, in his first full week as the secretary of Health and Human Services, has a major decision in front of them: Will he get a head start on GOP lawmakers and take aggressive whacks at the Affordable Care Act that could send the individual markets into chaos, but give the Trump administration a victory against President Obama’s signature achievement? Or will he take a sort of “Make Obamacare Great Again” approach that will keep the ACA exchanges operating and insurers participating, but draw conservative ire?
Though many of the changes Price can make in implementing Obamacare could take months or even well over a year, there a few key moves that will signal which direction he’s heading.
“Given the scope of Secretary Price’s administrative authority, he could either blow up the market or promote stability,” Larry Levitt, vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told TPM.
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