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President Trump issued an executive order on Thursday, Oct. 12th allowing some people to buy cheaper, less comprehensive insurance plans than those offered on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. Because it could prompt some healthy consumers to drop their marketplace plans, which would alter the overall risk pool, experts characterize this as one of many efforts by the Trump administration to undermine the 2010 health care law. Here are points in the process the administration has affected the marketplace’s operation so far:. 1. Insurers and states prepare for the beginning of open enrollment Insurers have to get their plans approved by the exchanges, and sometimes by state regulators. A... Full story

12 October