“We’ve been hearing about the disaster of Obamacare for so long — in my case, many years, most of it outside in civilian life. And for a long period of time, since I’ve started running and since I became President of the United States, I just keep hearing “repeal and replace, repeal and replace.” Well, we’re starting that process, and we’re starting it in a very positive manner,” the President declared at the signing of the executive order.
He argued that the American healthcare system has failed because of the imposition of Obamacare by congressional Democrats on the American people.
He further noted that under Obamacare premiums have increased by 100 percent and 120 percent, and even in one case, Alaska, over 200 percent.
“And now, every congressional Democrat has blocked the effort to save Americans from Obamacare, along with a very small, frankly, a handful of Republicans — three. And we’re going to take care of that also because I believe we have the votes to do block grants at a little bit later time, and we’ll be able to do that,” said the President.
President Trump argued that the action he is taking will allow for increased competition, increase choice, and increase access to lower-priced, high-quality healthcare options.
He boasted that with his executive order people would have many options and it will cost the United States government virtually nothing, and many more people will have great healthcare.
Moreover, he noted that his administration’s aim is to allow more small businesses to form associations to buy affordable and competitive health insurance.
The President said,” I’m also directing Secretary Acosta to consider ways to expand these associations and these healthcare plans all across state lines. This will create tremendous competition and transformative — in so many ways — change aimed at creating more and lower prices for millions of Americans.”
He added, “The competition will be staggering. Insurance companies will be fighting to get every single person signed up, and you will be hopefully negotiating, negotiating, negotiating, and you’ll get such low prices for such great care. Should have been done a long time ago, and it could have been done a long time ago.”
The proposed changes by the Trump’s administration could take six months or more to take effect, according to a senior administration official.
At the same time, critics worry that the order may free the touted association health plans from several key Obamacare regulations and state oversight, allowing them to sell plans with lower premiums but skimpier benefits. That could draw younger and healthier customers away from Obamacare and send premiums skyrocketing for sicker people left in the exchanges.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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