Modern Healthcare January 20, 2017
Associated Press

In an opening salvo against the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday night that appears aimed squarely at the undoing the healthcare law’s unpopular requirement that individuals carry insurance or face fines.

The order directs federal agencies to stop issuing regulations that would expand the law’s reach. And it directs them to grant waivers, exemptions and delays of provisions in the Affordable Care Act that would impose costs on states or individuals, potentially including the law’s penalties on people who remain uninsured— a key provision. The order also says federal agencies must allow states greater flexibility in carrying out the healthcare programs.

“It’s a sign that the Trump administration is looking to unwind the law...