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Republicans are confident that voters will welcome shaking up the system in an effort to find better solutions. (Image: Shutterstock)

Reactions are mixed about the implications – and any possible political fallout – of President Trump’s announcement last week that the administration would end the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers, as well as his executive order to ease restrictions on what types of health plans insurers can offer on the exchanges.

Scott Behrens, vice president, ERISA compliance attorney at Lockton Compliance Services, writes that ending the CSR payments could further destabilize the individual health insurance market, “though it might also inject additional urgency in Congress to develop and pass legislation that creates long term stability.”

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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