Kaiser Permanente believes that changes to our nation’s health care laws and regulations should increase access to high-quality, affordable care and coverage for as many people as possible. Unfortunately, today’s executive order on health care puts in motion several steps that may be counterproductive to that goal.
The executive order could undercut important consumer protections, increase costs for older people and those with serious medical conditions, and eliminate access to important coverage for mental health, substance abuse, maternity care and prescription drugs. It could also compound uncertainty in both the individual and small group markets.
We strongly encourage policymakers to continue the commitment in current law to consumer protections at the state and federal level. In addition, as priorities for any additional proposals around health reform are considered, we would recommend that policymakers focus on stabilization of the current marketplace and the 30 million Americans currently without coverage.