President Donald Trump vowed Tuesday to get things done his way to overhaul Obamacare.
“Since Congress can’t get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people – FAST,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.
Since Congress can’t get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people – FAST
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
According to reports that first surfaced in The Wall Street Journal, Trump will require that the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury make it easier for consumers to buy health care plans that provide less coverage than currently allowed under Obamacare.
Trump is also expected to allow what are called “association plans,” in which groups of small businesses would be permitted to band together to negotiate lower prices and premiums. Trump’s order means that these “associations” don’t have to meet all of the rules of Obamacare, Vox reported.
It is uncertain whether individuals will also be able to band together as “associations” and thus be able to pay lower premiums for limited coverage, something many young, healthy consumers want.
Trump will also allow the sale of “short-term medical insurance,” a less costly option for health care coverage, to extend to a full year instead of the three months capped under The Obama administration’s rules, according to New York Magazine.
Moreover, Trump has suggested recently that he would issue an executive order that would allow Americans to disregard state lines when purchasing health insurance.
“I’ll probably be signing a very major executive order where people can go out across state lines, do lots of things and buy their own health care, and that will be probably signed next week,” Trump told reporters in late September, according to Politico. “It’s being finished now. It’s gonna cover a lot of territory and a lot of people — millions of people.”
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said that’s a good deal for consumers.
“If I see a plan in Arizona that I want to buy, I ought to be able to buy,” Kennedy said. “What’s going on right now is you have these little fiefdoms in each state where the insurance commissioners want to keep control.”
Not everyone was pleased with the emerging picture of what Trump might do.
“This appears to be a backdoor way of undermining the Affordable Care Act,” Kevin Lucia, who studies the markets at Georgetown University, said of the reported changes.
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