After Congress failed to agree on a new health care system, Trump has decided to forgo Congress altogether and sign an executive order that would begin to unravel Obamacare. Trump’s administration stated the order will allow people to buy bare-bones health insurance, which would allow associations to sponsor across state lines.
Trump said the order “directs the Department of Health and Human Services, the Treasury, and the Department of Labor, to take action to increase competition, increase choice, and increase access to lower-priced, high-quality health care options … and people will have great, great health care.”
According to CNBC, this newly signed order will look to assist small businesses and those who are self-employed. This order does not remove the requirement of Obamacare that requires everyone have health insurance or pay a penalty.
Experts speaking to The Hill predict that this order will begin to undermine the stability of Obamacare. Democrats are, to nobody’s surprise, upset by the order with many calling the order “sabotage” of the current health care system.
In essence, the bill gives federal agencies the authority to change, delay or waive provisions of Obamacare.
Officials say the order will have to go through a review and comment phase before being initiated, which would take months.
Trump’s main promises in his campaign were building the wall to halt the flow of illegal immigrants into America and repealing the Affordable Care Act, the latter of which has failed over three times.
Republican Senator of Wyoming, John Barrasso, has not given up on Trump and his campaign promise despite its repeated setbacks. “This action demonstrates that President Trump is committed to fixing the damage caused by Obamacare as soon as possible.”
In a statement, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of New York disagreed with Barrasso. “Having failed to repeal the law in Congress, the president is sabotaging the system, using a wrecking ball to singlehandedly rip apart our health care system.”
It may takes months to see any changes from the newly signed order, but it is apparent that Trump is determined to alter the current healthcare system.