Health policy analysts say the ACA gives the secretary the most discretion when it comes to enforcing reporting regulations for insurers, hospitals and physicians, in particular.
“Some of the paperwork requirements and data collection that have been layered on people over the last seven years, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that got eased up,” said James Capretta, a resident fellow and Milton Friedman Chair of the American Enterprise Institute. “It could make it easier for providers to change, adapt and cut their costs.”
Price could also provide businesses with regulatory relief when it comes to Obamacare fees and taxes. The Obama administration initially delayed the health insurer tax on premiums that’s built into the law to fund subsidies. The implementation of the employer mandate was also delayed, while the so-called Cadillac excise tax on high-cost plans was pushed back more than once.
“The employer mandate was delayed quite a bit by the Obama administration, and made much (weaker) than people anticipated. They could do that even more from the perspective of the Trump administration,” said Capretta.