Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

President Trump's Healthcare Plan Expands Options

President Trump's Healthcare Plan Expands Options

An executive order just doesn't satisfy conservatives' enduring hunger for total elimination of the ACA, a task that appears impossible with the slim 52-48 GOP Senate majority.

It will "go a long way, to take care of numerous people that have been so badly hurt on health care", Trump said.

Senate Republicans attempted to use a procedure known as budget reconciliation to dismantle Obamacare because they would need only 51 votes to pass a bill with Vice President Mike Pence able to break a tie. "Take care of a big percentage of the people we're talking about, too", he said.

Many Americans are upset by President Donald Trump's referral of many of President Barack Obama executive orders to Congress for review. The plan has drawn backing from legislators like Sen. "After tax reform, Republicans could adopt another budget resolution next year that provides reconciliation instructions to repeal and ultimately replace Obamacare".

Trump described his executive order as "very simple in one way, but intricate in another".

"We're going to have to do something with Obamacare because it's failing". "Henry Kissinger doesn't want to pay 116% increase and that's what's happening and it's getting worse by the minute".

The Trump White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states, an Oval Office move that follows failed efforts by Congress to overhaul the healthcare system. Instead, the nationwide plans would be subject to the same federal oversight as large-employer policies. However, it is possible that these association plans would not be subject to Obamacare rules, like protections for pre-existing conditions and required coverage of minimum essential health benefits. Also, these plans have a long history of financial troubles, with some becoming insolvent.

Without details, it's hard to say how many people would have access to these plans, or whether they'd prompt any significant changes in the insurance markets.

Critics are anxious those health plans would not be regulated by the same rules as Obamacare plans, such as the law that people with pre-existing conditions are protected.

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