Trump officials tell Idaho it can’t dump Obamacare

(From Politico)

The Trump administration today threw cold water on Idaho’s plan to ignore key Obamacare requirements, telling the red state that it must follow the health care law.

Idaho was moving to let insurers offer plans that don’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s robust coverage rules — including protections for pre-existing conditions and mandated benefits — in a bid to expand the availability of cheaper health plans. The Idaho plan has sparked considerable interest from other red states that have long opposed Obamacare.

But Trump administration health officials, who’ve worked to unwind Obamacare through regulation and have encouraged states to pursue alternative coverage options, said that they ultimately had to make sure the law is enforced while it’s on the books.

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