President Donald Trump is moving ahead with plans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, which he has called “one of the greatest accomplishments in American history.”
Trump, who took office in January, announced the decision on Friday.
He said the legislation would be replaced with “something much better,” though it is unclear whether he intends to follow through with that plan.
On Saturday, Trump signed a sweeping executive order that rescinds federal restrictions on the construction of medical marijuana dispensaries and other medical facilities and the regulation of medical devices.
It will take effect on January 1.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, former Trump adviser David Packard said Trump’s health care plan was not a good fit for the president.
He called it a “dangerous idea” that would put too much power in the hands of bureaucrats.
Packer said Trump was “failing at health care,” and called for the President to take a step back and consider his legacy.
“I think his legacy will be better if he doesn’t have the President’s agenda,” Packard, who advised Trump on health care during his 2016 presidential campaign, told the AP.
“The President’s legacy is that he had a successful presidency, and he’s succeeded in the way he’s going about governing.”
A review of health care legislation during the Obama administration concluded that it was “a bad idea” for the nation to take away health care from millions of Americans, Packard wrote in an op-ed published in the New York Times.
“The President is a politician who is never content with the political outcomes of his decisions,” he wrote.
“His legacy will not be a smooth one.
But the President can’t take for granted the fact that his presidency is a success, even if it is only partially.”
In the article, Packards comments came as the Trump administration announced that it is delaying implementation of the sweeping executive orders the President signed in January.
The administration said it would issue a new order with the full text of its plans next week.
The Trump administration said in a statement that it had decided to delay implementation of several executive orders “because of the complexity and long-term implications for millions of individuals and their families.”
“We have a long-standing practice of issuing interim guidance to the departments and agencies that are implementing or preparing for implementation of executive orders, but we cannot continue to make those interim guidance public, and in the meantime, the President has directed the departments to take additional steps to ensure the full extent of his executive order is fully implemented,” the statement said.
The announcement was also accompanied by a White House statement that said the administration would continue to work with Congress to enact health care reform legislation.
It said the president had “repeatedly made clear his commitment to working with Congress” and that he “will not allow the United States to become a one-size-fits-all country.”
It was the latest in a string of developments that have put the health care debate at the center of the administration’s first 100 days.
On Friday, Trump said he would not veto legislation that repeals the Affordable Health Care Act.
The bill would be reauthorized in 2018, with its coverage expansion expanded.
On Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also said Trump “does not have any intention of vetoing” a bill to reauthorize the Affordable Housing Act, another major overhaul of the nation’s health system.
Trump has said repeatedly that he is open to a broad-based agreement to replace the ACA.
On Saturday, the White House announced it would provide the Senate with a budget resolution that would repeal the ACA’s taxes and other costs.
On Monday, Sanders said that while the Whitehouse would “continue to work to make sure the President is fully funded in his first 100-day period” it would “not provide any more details on any specific budgetary proposals or legislation.”
Trump said Friday he planned to take his time to review the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Affordable Healthcare Act, an analysis that the WhiteHouse said would “provide further guidance on how we can improve coverage, reduce costs and expand choice.”
Trump has promised to overhaul the health insurance system in his administration.
But health care experts said Friday that the president would likely not seek to enact a massive overhaul of Obamacare.
The president has called for repealing the ACA in his 2018 budget plan, which was leaked to the AP on Friday night.
The AP later reported that Trump’s budget was “written to include a $1 trillion increase in Medicare spending over 10 years.”
“I am focused on the first 100 months of the President Trump administration, which is going to be focused on making sure that we get our economy growing, creating jobs, creating prosperity and creating the greatest possible American future,” Sanders said.