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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.

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