Piece by piece, Trump tries to unravel Obamacare
President acts on his own after failures in Congress
“I just keep hearing ‘repeal and replace, repeal and replace.’ Well, we’re starting that process.” President Trump
WASHINGTON When it comes to health care, President Trump says he’s doing “the right thing” for Americans. He’s willing to work with Democrats on a bipartisan plan, he says, after three failed attempts by the Republican-controlled Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
At the same time, he’s using the power of the presidential pen to unravel the ACA piece by piece — which could affect health care coverage for more than 11 million Americans.
Trump took his most concrete step to dismantle the ACA on Thursday, when he signed an executive order that would allow insurers to sell short-term plans that don’t meet ACA guidelines.
“Since I became president of the United States, I just keep hearing ‘repeal and replace, repeal and replace.’ Well, we’re starting that process,” Trump said, promising the order would be the first of many steps.
Under the order, consumers could purchase short-term health plans that would cover people for up to a year as part of associations of small businesses or individuals and across state lines.
ACA supporters are concerned that if Obamacare alternatives are made more available and at-
President Trump issued an executive order on health care plans.