Trump says likely to sign new healthcare order this week

President Donald Trump meets with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office

"With Congress the way it is, I chose to take it upon myself", the president told reporters this week, saying he'll sign something "which is going to go a long way to take care of the numerous people that have been so badly hurt on health care".

"I will be signing something probably this week which is going to go a long way to take care of people that have been so badly hurt on health care", Trump said ahead of a meeting with Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state.

He further adds, "With Congress the way it is, I chose to take it upon myself, so we'll be announcing that soon as far as the signing's concerned, but it's largely worked out".

Unable to win passage of legislation to dismantle the 2010 law in a Congress led by his own party, Trump indicated he would take unilateral action.

Consequently, the Obama executive orders can not be accepted as the law of the land.

"They will be able to buy across state lines". Such insurance policies could be cheaper than those that provide the full range of medical coverage required under Obamacare, potentially making them attractive to people in other states.

Moreover, as The Hill reported, if Trump does sign an Executive Order similar to the one described above, it could face legal challenges, particularly if, in addition to groups of people and small businesses, it also allows individuals to buy association plans and thwart the Obamacare marketplace and Obamacare plan requirements.

An executive order just doesn't satisfy conservatives' enduring hunger for total elimination of the ACA, a task that appears impossible with the slim 52-48 GOP Senate majority. That could further destabilize those markets, where insurers have already exited the markets altogether, pared back offerings or hiked premiums because of uncertainty caused by the Trump administration. Republican Senator Rand Paul advocated for this solution when the discussions for the replacement of the Obamacare was discussed. While there were some changes to Medicare under Obamacare, Trump's concerns about the individual exchanges have nothing to do with the program.

"Ha! Not even close", Heritage Action spokesman Dan Holler wrote in an email yesterday, after I'd asked whether the executive order eases pressure on Republicans in the House and Senate. They need review and approval by Congress and need to be signed by Trump to be enforceable under US law.



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