Stephen Miller to repeal Obamacare through executive actions

Stephen Miller controls the future of the Affordable Care Act [Gage Skidmore]
Stephen Miller, President-elect Donald Trump’s speechwriter and senior policy adviser, is taking charge of Trump’s plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act via executive actions, Politico reports.

This means Miller might be having the busiest January of anyone in the Trump White House. We reported in 2016 that Miller, the son of left-wing Jewish parents from California, is writing Trump’s inaugural speech, which will be a true test of how “presidential” Trump can be. Drafting these crucial executive actions will stretch Miller’s time even thinner.

Miller previously served as the communications director for Sen. Jeff Sessions, who un-coincidentally was chosen by Trump for attorney general. However, it’s unclear if Miller has experience with legal or legislative writing. He was most well-known at Session’s office for his “stream-of-consciousness press alerts” as well as for his staunchly nativist views on immigration. He is not known for his views on healthcare. A long Politico story on Miller by Julia Ioffe, the source of much of what is known about him, doesn’t mention healthcare, the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare once. 

Yesterday, future Vice President Mike Pence discussed Trump’s plans for dismantling the ACA. “We’re working now on a series of executive orders that will enable that orderly transition to take place even as Congress appropriately debates alternatives to and replacements for ObamaCare,” Pence said.


01/05/2017 2:49 PM by David Kinzer

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