OIG Inquiry Sends Message To Trump On Undermining ACA

By Jeff Overley (March 29, 2017, 10:53 PM EDT) -- An Office of Inspector General inquiry into the Trump administration's elimination of Affordable Care Act advertising underscores the political risks of not steadfastly implementing the law, experts say.

The inquiry by the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was requested by Democratic senators and publicized on Friday, when Republican efforts to repeal the ACA hit a wall. At issue is HHS' decision in late January to cancel millions of dollars worth of advertising intended to encourage ACA sign-ups, as well as the department's temporary suspension of social media outreach.

In a letter, the OIG said it...

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