While repealing and replacing Obamacare is clearly still the first option, GOP traitors like John Mccain and Susan Collins have President Trump coming up with creative solutions to blunting the crippling restrictions of Obamacare.
According to a new report from Politico, President Trump will sign an executive order this week that will expand access to health insurance plans across state lines.
President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order this week aimed at expanding access to loosely regulated health insurance plans — a move that could give consumers more coverage options but also destabilize Obamacare markets.
The order is expected to direct a trio of agencies to rewrite federal rules to allow trade associations and other groups offer their own health plans. Those so-called association health plans would be exempt from some of Obamacare’s strict regulations and could be sold across state lines.
“They will be able to buy, they’ll be able to cross state lines and they will get great competitive health care and it will cost the United States nothing,” Trump said today. “With Congress the way it is, I decided to take it upon myself.”
Trump is planning to sign the directive on Thursday, a source briefed on the plans said, in a move that would follow through on his repeated calls to open up the sale of health insurance across state lines. Republicans including Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Enzi have long championed association health plans as a way to lower insurance costs and give people more options.
The order likely won’t contain many specifics on how the administration would pave the way for those alternative offerings. Instead, it’s likely to leave it to the Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services departments to reinterpret a sweeping employee health benefits regulation with an eye toward expanding coverage options for consumers.
It remains unclear how far the Trump administration will go in circumventing Obamacare’s regulations to encourage sales of looser-regulated plans — and exactly which rules association health plans would be exempt from.
The Labor Department has already met with business trade groups about the planned executive order and begun work on reinterpreting federal regulations, two sources familiar with the matter said.