Judge Andrew Napolitano said this morning that President Donald Trump’s executive order on Obamacare issued on Friday night after the inauguration was “truly revolutionary.”
Judge Napolitano, The Fox News senior judicial analyst, told host Fox News host, Bill Hemmer, that the executive order instructed government agencies to use “discretion” to side with the individual over the government.
Hemmer asked the judge if that meant don’t enforce the law and Napolitano said, “The order directs agencies to dial back the severity of the enforcement and not to punish a person or a state for what you think is their non-compliance because it might not be non-compliance in a couple of months.”
Then Napolitano said that he’s never before seen a president say “You will exercise your judgment against the government and in favor of the individual. That is truly revolutionary and is exactly what Trump promised he would do.”
The judge said, “Trump is telling government agencies to proceed with the expectation that the law will be repealed soon, especially with regard to tax penalties.”
The text of the executive order:
To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies (agencies) with authorities and responsibilities under the Act shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.
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