President Trump believes that the repeatedly failed attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are unforgivable. He claims to have a plan in place that will expand coverage and make healthcare for affordable. The Democratic Party had a difficult time getting the ACA originally approved. Can the current POTUS push legislation with minimal help from his party?
Another Executive Order
It seems that current administration is stuck in a round of one executive order after another. Trump signed an executive order Thursday that seeks to expand health insurance options beyond Obamacare plans. Expansion of Obamacare has been a mission of the Democrats for nearly seven years.
Under the order, Trump hopes to expand small business plans across state lines. This may allow cooperation among several small businesses in the same field. However, it is not clear whether this will be a cost saving to small businesses or a cost saving to major Healthcare insurers.
The order also adds complicated regulations that claim to provide employees with options to pay for medical care. These were originally called high deductible plans. In reality, this is a way for businesses to pass the cost of care on to the employee.
What is the catch?
And finally, Trump’s order proposes making the use of temporary, limited-benefit insurance plans more widely available. Thus, there are loopholes. These plans don’t have to comply with Obamacare mandates and rules.
Trump’s executive order comes several weeks before the Nov. 1 start of Obamacare’s open enrollment period for 2018 plans. This has not been widely advertised.
The president said he will still “pressure” Congress to pass a health care bill but called his executive order a first step to giving Americans “Obamacare relief.”