“There are three phases of this plan,” HHS Secretary Price said. “One is the bill that was introduced [March 7, 2017] in the House of Representatives… Second are all the regulatory modifications and changes that can be put into place… [t]here were 192 specific rules that were put out as they relate to Obamacare, over 5,000 letters of guidance and the like.”
“And we are going to go through every single one of those and make certain that they—if they help patients, then we need to continue them. If they harm patients or—or increase costs, then obviously they need to be addressed,” he said about phase two.
“And then there’s other legislation that will need to be addressed that can’t be done through the reconciliation process,” he said, moving on to phase three. “So, the goal of all of this is patient-centered health care, where patients and families and doctors are making medical decisions and not the federal government.”
Efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue in Washington on several fronts. On March 7, 2017, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD, explained the three phases of ACA repeal: repeal legislation; regulatory review; and subsequent legislation that cannot be included in the first repeal effort due to Senate rules on the budget reconciliation process (see box). Action is occurring on all three phases.