"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. "They will get great competitive health care and it will cost the United States nothing", he said. Any executive order that Trump signs to do this would be unconstitutional.
If he takes this action, Trump will be following in Barack Obama's footsteps. "I don't believe in undercutting people", he said.
Trump, who has called the law a failure and vowed to let it "implode", has undermined Obamacare through regulatory and administrative actions. It is unlikely that Kissinger is getting his insurance from Obamacare's individual market, yet Trump claimed that he did not want to "pay 116 percent increase in his premiums".
"Ultimately, Congress and the administration will need to deliver on their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare if we are going to have an actual consumer-oriented health insurance system", Holler wrote. This week, Trump and his White House are putting the finishing touches on an executive order expanding association health plans aimed at providing more people with lower-cost insurance options. Sen.
The directive will call on federal agencies to amend the rules governing these plans to free them from state regulation, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Saturday.
Trump's order could make plans cheaper for healthier people, while the Obamacare marketplace would be used primarily for sicker people.
"With Congress the way it is, I made a decision 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". But association health plan policies would likely provide skimpier coverage since they would not have to adhere to all of Obamacare's protections.
Experts questioned Trump's authority to issue such an order that would exempt some plans but not others from Obamacare rules rather than pursuing the changes through legislation. "We'll be back to where we were before the Affordable Care Act".