On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said that he is likely to sign a measure that would allow people throughout the United States to purchase healthcare across states this week.
The order is being drafted, as President Trump expressed his willingness to work with Democrats on health care after Republicans were unable to approve legislation that would have repealed and replaced “Barack Obamacare“.
It typically takes government agencies several months to carry out presidential directives, since they generally must follow a notice-and-comment process.
“It will be great, great health care for many, many people – a big percentage of the number of people that we were talking about for failed Obamacare”, Trump continued. It is unlikely that Kissinger is getting his insurance from Obamacare’s individual market, yet Trump claimed that he did not want to “pay 116 percent increase in his premiums”.
In addition to the statement about Kissinger, Trump reiterated that he planned to roll out a series of healthcare-related executive orders in the coming days that would allow for association health plans and other modified types of insurance.
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.
The directive will call on federal agencies to amend the rules governing these plans to free them from state regulation, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Saturday. “I don’t believe in undercutting people”, he said.
Critics, however, say that widening access to these plans would likely draw younger, healthier consumers away from the Obamacare individual and small business exchanges, which would raise the rates of policies sold there. Also, these plans have a long history of financial troubles, with some becoming insolvent.
Penny Nance, president and CEO of Concerned Women for America, told The Daily Signal in an email that her organization would support efforts to repeal Obamacare next year.
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.