TRUMP TRIES NEW ‘ACTIONS’ TO DITCH OBAMACARE
WASHINGTON Frustrated by health-care failures in Congress, President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to rewrite some federal insurance rules as a beginning of renewed efforts to undermine “Obamacare,” the program he’s promised to kill.
“With these actions, we are moving toward lower costs and more options in the health-care market,” Trump said before signing his directive. He said he will continue to pressure Congress to repeal and replace former president Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Some experts said the White House plan could undermine coverage on the ACA’s insurance marketplaces, particularly for people with health problems. That would happen if healthy people flock to lower-cost plans with limited benefits.
Other experts said Trump’s proposals appear to be modest and would have limited impact.
The steps the president outlined Thursday will take months for the federal bureaucracy to finalize in regulations. Experts said consumers should not expect changes for next year.