“I am not initiating any new law, or any new aspect of the law. This is going to reestablish the situation that was before the president’s executive order, ”Biden told reporters in reference to the limitations that Donald Trump had imposed during his tenure on the scope of the Affordable Access to Health Act, also known as Obamacare.
The Biden-Harris administration will reopen enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, take additional steps to strengthen Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (‘Obamacare’), and will protect women’s health.
Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, explained that the administration “is not taking executive action to replace legislation.”
“We are taking executive action to fix what Trump broke in the executive branch and to maintain the president’s commitment to use his power, within appropriate limits, to progress through four crises,” Klain said.
These are the keys to the two executive actions signed by Biden this Thursday:
Executive Order to Strengthen Medicaid and Obamacare:
This executive order seeks to reverse the cuts and limitations suffered by both Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, the ‘Obamacare’. To do this, you will direct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to open HealthCare.gov for a “Special Enrollment Period”, from February 15, 2021 to May 15, 2021.
Federal agencies are also asked to Rethink the rules and other policies that limit Americans’ access to health care, as well as actions to protect and strengthen that access.
Presidential Memorandum for the Protection of Women’s Health:
Biden will also be issuing a presidential memorandum to protect and expand access to comprehensive reproductive health care and to support the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls in the United States and around the world.
Like the memoranda issued by President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama before him, this action immediately rescinds the rule known as the ‘Mexico City Policy’, which prohibits the earmarking of US federal funds to international non-profit organizations. for-profit organizations that provide counseling or other abortion-related services.