Trump tack­les Oba­macare

Geelong Advertiser - - WORLD -

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has signed an or­der to make it eas­ier for Amer­i­cans to buy bare-bones health in­sur­ance plans, us­ing his pres­i­den­tial pow­ers to un­der­mine Oba­macare af­ter fel­low Repub­li­cans in Congress failed to re­peal the 2010 law.

Mr Trump is­sued the ex­ec­u­tive or­der on Thurs­day to let small busi­nesses band to­gether to buy cheaper, less reg­u­lated health plans for their em­ploy­ees with fewer ben­e­fits.

These new in­sur­ance op­tions may not be avail­able un­til 2019 and the or­der could face le­gal chal­lenges from Demo­cratic state at­tor­neys gen­eral. It was Mr Trump’s most con­crete step to undo Oba­macare since he took of­fice in Jan­uary.

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