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Trump's New Executive Order Aims To Expand Health Care Options

I MEANT TO DO THAT Trump hustled back to the desk where the executive order and a pen had been waiting for him the whole time I MEANT TO DO THAT Trump hustled back to the desk where the executive order and a pen had been waiting for him the whole time
Eleena Tovar | 13 Octubre, 2017, 19:52

The subsidy cut was the second swipe the White House took at the Affordable Care Act insurance markets Thursday in what many critics say is a deliberate campaign to destabilize them in hopes of forcing Congress to repeal the law.

Whether Trump's executive order will be the play that breaks through isn't clear.

"Hundreds of thousands of NY families rely on the Affordable Care Act's subsidies for their health care - and again and again, President Trump has threatened to cut off these subsidies to undermine our healthcare system and force Congress to the negotiating table".

But the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land for now, and the president said he still wants to see it gone.

"On September 26, Republicans in the US Senate decided not to vote on the latest plan to repeal and replace Obamacare when they failed to secure enough votes".

Those plan would likely have fewer benefits and appeal to healthier, younger people.

But Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., called Trump's action "one of the most significant free market health care reforms in a generation" that would "reduce government interference and provide more affordable health care options to everyday Americans".

The White House will pressure the Congress to finish repealing and replacing Obamacare once and for all, Donald Trump noted.

When buying as a large group, these associations can decrease their risk of having a large proportion of members with expensive illnesses, which can drive up costs for small employers.

"The bailout of insurance companies through these unlawful payments is yet another example of how the previous administration abused taxpayer dollars and skirted the law to prop up a broken system", Sanders said in a statement.

And finally, Trump's order proposes making the use of temporary, limited-benefit insurance plans more widely available. Those plans are now limited to three months.

"Today is only the beginning", Trump said at the Oval Office signing ceremony.

Joseph Antos, a healthcare expert at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank, said he did not believe the order would have much of an impact.

Employers participating in an AHP can not exclude any employee from joining the plan and can not develop premiums based on health conditions.

The president also added that the order will affect millions of people. "That's clearly not the case", Antos said.

Those "association health plans" could be shielded from some state and federal insurance requirements.

The administration late Thursday said it would stop providing insurers with the CSR payments required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as Trump has long threatened to do.

Last year, about 85 percent of people who bought Obamacare insurance got a tax credit, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Trump has taken a number of other steps to weaken or undermine Obamacare.

The payments, which were projected to be worth $10 billion to insurers next year, reimburse sellers of Obamacare health plans for discounts that are offered to low-income customers for their out-of-pocket medical expenses, such as copayments, deductibles and coinsurance.