Trump ditches Congress on health care
Donald Trump has used special presidential powers to begin dismantling ObamaCare as he sought to circumvent Congress to deliver his campaign promises.
The US President signed an executive order expanding types of healthcare provision in a move that he said would help create “staggering” competition between providers and drive down costs for millions of Americans.
One drive is aimed at making it easier for small businesses to form associations across State boundaries. Such groups do not have to comply with as many ObamaCare rules. Another lifts a three-month limit on short-term health insurance plans, which are cheaper but provide less comprehensive cover.
Mr Trump said the move would help bring down premiums that have “skyrocketed” since former president Barack Obama’s legislation was enacted. Critics said it would encourage young Americans to switch from traditional plans — driving up costs for those who remained.
Mr Trump also faced fire over his tweets criticising hurricane-hit Puerto Rico’s administration again and suggesting it was time Federal response teams left.
But the House of Representatives approved $US36.5 billion in emergency relief for Puerto Rico and other areas hit by recent disasters.