President Trump made a statement as the Chief Executive when he took office by demanding that for every regulation put in place, two must be removed. Under his watch, the Federal Register, which lists all federal regulations, shrank dramatically. In his first year in office, the Trump administration cut 22 regulations for every new one added.
To encourage an economic recovery after the shutdown for the coronavirus, Trump has tasked his administration with cutting even more regulations, particularly those that deal with healthcare and occupational licensing.
Tomas Philipson, acting chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said:
“The White House has a great interest in further cutting down occupational regulations or state licensing requirements that are unnecessary. Obviously, we want to have exams for medical doctors, etc., but that’s something that I think is very valuable in terms of an overall economic agenda.”
The administration deregulated telemedicine, allowing doctors to get paid for seeing patients electronically as opposed to in a doctor’s office. This could allow many people to see a doctor while taking just a few minutes out of their workday instead of several hours, or even a full day.
One of the significant regulations that were suspended during this time of crisis was in New York City, where medical licensing rules were put on hold, allowing doctors and nurses to practice across state lines more easily. This helped reduce the burden on hospitals in the city who were experiencing a lack of medical personnel.
Last Tuesday, Trump signed an executive order that directs the heads of all federal agencies to “identify regulatory standards that may inhibit economic recovery,” if they don’t impair public health or safety.
“Agencies should address this economic emergency by rescinding, modifying, waiving, or providing exemptions from regulations and other requirements that may inhibit economic recovery.”
It’s a shame it took a pandemic and lockdown for this sort of shakeup to occur, but it’s still great to see. Maybe we can demand states stop requiring hairdressers have 1,500 hours of training before they can cut hair, and dramatically reduce the requirements for nail salons as well.