Trump Executive Order Begins Dismantling Obamacare

(WND.com) Thwarted over and over by a unified Democratic Party loathe to see Obamacare fixed joined by a handful of members of the GOP, President Donald Trump Thursday used his pen and his executive power to at least partially fulfill a key campaign promise.

Trump Executive Order Begins Dismantling Obamacare

Mike Pence, Rand Paul, Donald Trump/PHOTO: WhiteHouse.gov

Senators repeatedly have failed to repeal Obamacare, or adopt a number of plans to fix it, in recent months. So the president dismantled part of his predecessor’s signature health-care legislation — the Affordable Care Act — with the “power of the pen,” to provide “millions of Americans with Obamacare relief.”

The president’s plan will let small businesses and individuals band together, creating so-called “health-care associations,” and purchase insurance across state lines, which he explained will increase competition to bring down costs and make it easier for people to buy cheaper, bare-bones health insurance.

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“We aim to allow more small businesses to form associations to buy affordable and more competitive health insurance. This will open up additional options for more [employers] to buy health care plans their workers want,” Trump explained in a White House event marking the action.

“This will create tremendous competition — the competition will be staggering.”

“Insurance companies will be fighting to get every single person signed up,” he continued. “And you will be, hopefully, negotiating, negotiating, negotiating. And you’ll get such low prices for such great care. It could have been done a long time ago and should have been done a long time ago.”

Democrats have transformed the American health care system into a “nightmare,” Trump explained.

“Seven years ago, congressional Democrats broke the American health-care system by forcing the Obamacare nightmare onto the American people,” he said. “It’s been a nightmare — you look at what’s happening to the premiums and the increases — 100 percent, 120 percent, one case — Alaska — over 200 percent.”

The Democrats have been unanimous, first in adopting Obamacare and since Trump was elected, in opposing any changes.

Joining them have been three GOP lawmakers, including Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine.

“Now every congressional Democrat has blocked the effort to save Americans from Obamacare, along with a very small, frankly handful of Republicans — three —  and we’re going to take care of that also,” he said.

The executive order, Trump explained, directs the Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services Departments to reinterpret alternative offerings, with the aim of expanding coverage options for consumers.

While the Obama administration limited the length of short-term insurance policies to three months, the Trump administration reportedly intends to extend the length of those policies by restoring insurers’ capacity to sell short-term policies that allow up to a year of coverage.

“The Department of Health and Human Services, the Treasury and the Department of Labor will take action to increase competition, increase choice and increase access to lower priced, high quality health-care options. And they will have so many option,” the president said. “This will cost the United States government virtually nothing and people will have great, great health care, and when I say people I mean by the millions and millions.”

Broader access to so-called association health plans, or AHPs, is an idea that has been promoted by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

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Paul appeared at the White House ceremony with Trump after working with the president for months on the order.

The Republican opposed the Senate’s most recent attempt to overhaul Obamacare because he said it left too many of the law’s regulations and spending programs in place.

“President Trump is doing what I believe is the biggest free-market reform of health care in a generation,” Paul said during a signing ceremony in the White House Roosevelt Room. “This reform, if it works and goes as planned, will allow millions of people to get insurance across state lines at an inexpensive price.”

Trump acknowledged that given what happened with the debate on health-care reform since he’s been in office, fully repealing Obamacare will consist of a long fight.

But that needs to be the long-range goal, policy experts contend.

Robert Graboyes, a senior research fellow and health care scholar at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, explained insurance companies already market in multiple locations by getting licensed in different states, as the Blue Cross companies do.

“It’s unlikely to have really any significant impact … It’s certainly not something that’s going to be a tremendous cost-saver to do so,” he claimed.

Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, contends the president’s executive action does not begin to adequately overhaul Obamacare, “but it is incremental progress,” he said. “Competition is always a good thing. Sometimes competition has a major impact on pricing. Sometimes it has a minor impact on pricing. But it always has a positive impact for consumers.”

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer accused Trump of “using a wrecking ball to single-handedly rip apart our healthcare system.”

“Having failed to repeal the law in Congress, the president is sabotaging the system,” Schumer said.

Trump said the order was “only the beginning” and that his administration would take additional actions. He said he would “pressure Congress very strongly to finish the repeal and the replace of Obamacare once and for all.”

Meanwhile, congressional Republicans on Thursday swore they weren’t done trying to repeal Obamacare after Trump signed an executive order borne out of frustration over Congress’ inability to eliminate the law.

“I will continue to push for our legislation which will return healthcare power and decision-making to patients and states,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said after Trump signed the order Thursday.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said Trump’s order is a step in the right direction, reported the Washington Examiner.

“Congress would do well to follow the president’s lead and renew our push to keep our seven-year promise to repeal and replace Obamacare,” he said. “Failure on that end should not be an option.”

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  • Naval Lint

    Democrats seem to believe that a FORMER President’s LEGACY is VASTLY more important than the well-being of American CITIZENS! WHY?

    • Truth-seeker 👱🏻‍♀️

      Grubers don’t realize the joke was on us!

      • Fed up!

        That guy should be jailed for a scamming idea.

    • Ribert Koonce

      Especially since he was one theirs.

    • Sally Koller

      Because they are part of the communist left just like the communist mole and traitor Obama. His so-called legacy is about the overthrow of the United States of America .

      • nocbsfan

        Hi Sal Good to see you jumping on obama

        • Sally Koller

          Thanks Hon. You know how I feel I feel about that obvious traitor and every fool or criminal that supports him.

          • nocbsfan

            LOL that my girl How have you been I never know whats happening with you anymore. At least say hello every now and then. Promise I don’t like obama

          • Sally Koller

            Thank God !

      • Louie Rey

        Hi honey, I’ve missed you! Tell me again how much you love Hussein, NOT! You know, Trump would be considered a great president if all he did was reverse all of the disasters that the Muslim in The White House perpetrated on this country. But above and beyond that he’s doing everything he can to make America not necessarily great again but just to make America AMERICA again.

        • Sally Koller

          I missed you too Hon! I wish he could get all the Muslims out of our country before America is put back in to the dark ages like much of Europe !

          • Louie Rey

            That’s it exactly. Anyone, and I do mean ANYONE, who’s against Trump’s travel ban should take a good close up look at Europe. How’s that working out for them there? Of course the only ones that are actually against him on that are moronic liberals (I know, I know, I’m being redundant) and that’s because liberalism is a mental disorder. It’s been a while since we’ve communicated so I’m pretty sure I haven’t relayed to you a quote that pretty much describes what I’m saying. “At the core of liberalism is a spoiled child – miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats.” – P.J. O’Rourke.

    • TexasCoyote1

      They just have to keep the promises they made to big insurance and big pharma because they took the money to do so.

  • Kenneth Fichtl

    We had insurance across state lines Before Obamacare, They broke the Commerce law and cancelled it to funnel money The number of people that actually got Obamacare was very small The cost was Massive

    • Truth-seeker 👱🏻‍♀️

      Great succinct take on it!
      Sickening once you think about the $ schemes.

    • jv

      Not until Obamacare was it that bad! Obamacare was set up to fail and to hurt others. They do not even hide that, and it has been proven. Obamacare needs to go away. Now it will, FINALLY!

      • Sally Koller

        Obama needs to be in prison or worse with his side kick Hillary and the rest of the creeps. The first way a government takes power away from the people is by taking over and rationing health care. The second way is by taking their guns away. The third way is by pitting ethnic and racial groups against each other. The fourth is by employing domestic terrorists to subdue the patriots of the country. All in Saul Alinski’s Rules for Radicals. He was Obama and Hillary’s mentor. His mentor was Frank Nitty, Al Capone’s partner. Frank told Alinski that he was too heartless!

    • Sally Koller

      It’s really the unaffordable care act.

      • Kenneth Fichtl

        not for Barry, Michelle and their friends they made millions Gruber zeke the company that bombed the Internet rollout , The people that ran the clearing houses that went belly up of course the insurance companies but if you were retired on a fixed income they made your medical to expensive mine increased more than 300% but staffers got subsides A total lie

        • Sally Koller

          Of course ! You don’t think that those commies would actually do something good for the people do you?

          • Kenneth Fichtl

            Russia and the Ukraine are really not Communist anymore. I have family in Ukraine and it is much like the USA in the 50’s It is a Constitutional Republic. There are not alot of ways to make money for the Society China is Cpmminist and North Korea is right of that. The health care is ok but far from USA standards

          • Sally Koller

            Thanks for the information Kenneth!

          • Sally Koller

            I’m certainly happy that things are better now.

  • Truth-seeker 👱🏻‍♀️

    Great teamwork! Lower costs, more jobs and more Full-time jobs (due to ACA restrictions & regulations)!

  • GW62

    Premiums will go up….watch.

    • TexasCoyote1

      Premiums will go up until we the consumers start concentrating on what medical services cost instead of concentrating on insurance premiums. Until we do our part, costs are going to increase. Nobody audits their statements to be sure they have not been charged for services they did not get–they just figure they don’t have to pay for it, so why should they care?

      We look over our bills when we eat out to be sure we weren’t charged for items we didn’t eat, and we should do the same with medical service charges.

      Insurance isn’t what we need at all unless it is for catastrophic accidents or illnesses. We should all pay 100% of every office visit and medication. Then, we would pay attention to the services we were buying and make more informed decisions about what medical care we opted for and what we did not. Just because a doctor says we should take this pill or have such and such test, doesn’t mean we should.

      • GW62

        There is more common sense in your statement than I’ve heard from either Trump or Congress. Too bad common sense is so uncommon these days. Nice commentary!

        • TexasCoyote1

          Go to OperationFreedom.com with Dave Janda. He was an orthopedic surgeon for almost 30 years, but he felt he had to retire when Obamacare went into effect fully in 2017 because there are restrictions put on doctors that the liberals on this forum do not understand. He also was an advisor to Reagan and C Evert Koop on healthcare, so he has an understanding of how Washington works. He’s probably one of the few people who have actually read all of the Affordable Care Act and he knows the death panels were put in place in the Stimulus Bill that was enacted the month before Obamacare passed. It’s an insidious law with ramifications far beyond healthcare.

          • GW62

            Thanks for the info..

          • Sally Koller

            Exactly! Death panels for the elderly and terminally ill ! Just like the communist left’s love of late term infanticide! These so called liberals love their culture of death ! Maybe it makes these brain dead narcissists feel more alive.

  • Kbuzz

    I can’t help but think Trump orchestrated this, or at least knew it would come to this. Absolutely brilliant move.
    He makes the GOP look Stupid (not hard to do), and gives the people what we want – proving the GOP is pretty much useless.
    I think a lot of Rino’s are going to be in a world of hurt.
    As for the Dems, they will try to block it with some lameass CA judge but it wont work.

    • RealAmerican407

      Now that Moore won in Alabama it will hopefully be a domino effect in 2018 with more grassroots conservative candidates throwing their names in the ring to bring down the establishment.

      • keepersleeper

        …Certainly hope so.

        • Kbuzz

          Ditto

    • Sally Koller

      That’s right ! The U.S. government also has no business being in health care! We are a free capitalist country and insurance companies need to be regulated but not put out of business if they are fair.

      • ben

        Exactly! Socialist Medicare needs to go next, why should my tax dollars be paying for old people to get older?

        • Sally Koller

          Well most of these socialist programs were started under FDR and he called Joseph Stalin Uncle Joe and be gave him Eastern Europe after the war .

  • GW62

    “If it works, and goes as planned”….translated that means bend over, here it comes…

  • Randy Nielson

    Finally someone that understands Economics 101. Obama understood it, but also understood how gullible The Liberals are. He knew he could lie his way to riches by taking advantage of his idiot liberal voters

  • WVF

    The President is doing an awesome job, even without a Republican Party and a Congress!

    • Lawrence Leon

      Agreed, and that said, I don’t think I’d want to be either a Rhino or a Demo in 2018. I think it’s going to be ugly for them, but just what the doctor ordered for this country! Then we can really MAGA!

    • Sally Koller

      His presidency is an act of God after he woke us up with the traitor Obama who nearly destroyed America. If the lying criminal psychopath Hillary had won many of us would be dead or imprisoned. That’s my guess based on lots of research.

  • Michael Machnica

    It just goes to show everyone that the Oligarchy that former President Jimmy Carter told us about (AFTER revealing his brain cancer diagnosis in Aug. 2015) owns both (R) & (D) “establishments”, so they get what they want no matter who is running things. Time for Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell to be run out of town with their next respective elections, along with the rest of their ilk.

  • jv

    Thank you President Trump, Rand Paul and others for doing what is right through it all. Obamacare and Obama should have NEVER happened to begin with. This was not even a real healthcare plan. Set up to fail! If I were president, this is one of the first things that would go also. Finally, a REAL president who is not acting like a typical career politician!

    • Sally Koller

      All insurance is supposed to be based on a bet: You get fire insurance because you’re betting you’ll have a fire , health insurance because you’re betting you’ll get sick , etc. That’s the way it was until managed care and HMO’s and Obama care is the worst of those. These so called insurances are so bad that what they do is bet you won’t get sick because they want t because no matter how much your premiums are they won’t want to cure you or help you because it will cost them money!

  • MegaMouseGW

    It’s a start. Now work on burying obozocare and giving us back our STOLEN refunds.

  • Christian_Prophet

    If, If Trump’s executive order is implemented, then State’s insurance departments will lose control of the insurance market within their states. Hucksters will sell consumers crappy insurance policies and then leave town. Millions of Americans will lose access to healthcare. Do you government haters love that scenario?

    • Gregg Parker

      That’s an imagined problem. To begin with the millions of people you say would lose coverage are slightly different than the millions who already have. I pay an insurance policy I can’t afford for the luxury of paying out of pocket if I actually need “health care” which I can’t afford. Most of the people I know have chosen to pay the penalty because they can’t afford a policy premium any more. People without the money to buy a policy before are the people you’re talking about. They received their policy at our expense and became covered with deductibles to where they can actually get health care instead of those who once had a policy. Us “government haters” have a huckster by the name of Obozo who made health insurance mandatory and then regulated it to unaffordable for working class people and then set the bar just high enough that you can’t catch a breath or a break from a subsidy like the millions you talk about. Trump’s EO will be implemented and we will see things begin to return right side up. Poor people will have to go to work and earn enough to buy a policy of their own and middle class people who already did that can afford to buy one again. I love that scenario.

      • Sally Koller

        Amen Gregg!

    • Sally Koller

      President Trump just wants to regulate insurance companies so their practices will help consumers. That’s the way it works in capitalist countries.

  • RealAmerican407

    It was an unsustainable system from the beginning and continues to plunge into a giant ball of flames. Each month there are less options, less plans, less doctors and premium hikes somewhere in the country.

    • Gregg Parker

      designed to fail until the government is the only broker in the game.. Viola! Single payer without a vote…

      • RealAmerican407

        Very true although we have had a SP system in this country for a long time. It’s called the VA and it’s a disaster. I know all to well after working there for nearly 4 years.

        • Gregg Parker

          The VA and Medicare and Medicaid would have been grouped together with private policies and the massive amount of money for these political gluttons and thieve’s was too intoxicating for even the moderate RINOs to let go… the expectation of another wolf in the hen house as POTUS was why they only acted offended with words at the ACA and refuse to do anything to change the coming fall. They were drolling at the graft and power…Mo money..Mo money!
          MAGA!

      • Sally Koller

        And then we w be at their mercy!

        • Gregg Parker

          Right… and I haven’t seen a whole lot of mercy from them… what about 15 years from now? Would have been very dark….

          • Sally Koller

            Very dark and very scary and sad. I won’t let that happen to my husband and I or our children and grandchildren . Thank God for President Trump!

  • Rolpho Signetti

    It was put in illegally….
    So even if you make the case that President Trump is dismantling it illegally.

    ———–SO WHAT!———-

    • Gregg Parker

      By using regulatory policy they can accomplish a lot and it is perfectly legal within the frame work of the agencies. I don’t believe he will over reach… there is no need to do that..

  • keepersleeper

    President Trump: The Alpha Male that keeps winning and winning and…I’m LOVING it!!

    • Sally Koller

      Me too . Finally a real man in the White House instead of a spineless jellyfish.

  • deborah evans

    TRUMP ILLEGITIMATE PRESIDENT!!

    • brooksmd

      Still got your panties in a wad because our election process works as our founding fathers designed it to work?

    • Sally Koller

      Fool!

  • Suzi Shymanski Moore

    Does anybody having trouble being routed to Act aBlue. I am forbidden to be on sit. Have sent message to Democratic Party.

  • Fed up!

    If Chuckie against a President Trump idea to fix health care, then the idea is a great one. Been screaming the President idea for last 20+ years.

  • organic granny

    I’d like to see compiled figures on the total increase in premiums snce 2008. This 125%, 150% stuff is the increase for ONE YEAR. The increases have been compounding every year for 8 years.

  • parkhaven3

    I want to see Trump end the exemption for Federal employees.

    • Jerry

      If that would happen then congress would have no choice but to fix the health care

  • Tins17

    Obama (don’t) care and we need to get rid of his name, period!

    • Sally Koller

      He needs to be in prison or worse!

  • Slav2012

    For me, the most important statement was “it costs the government nothing”.
    Ive thought all along that O’care had multiple objectives. One of which was to be so costly as to force the stripping ogf money from defense and permanently weaken the US into a 4th rate military power.

    • Sally Koller

      All part of the Alinski plan to overthrow your government.

  • Rolpho Signetti

    Eating is a right also! But I do not see McDonald’s coming up to my front door everyday with a free BigMac meal!
    Free healthcare is not a right… we need to thin the herd out a little!

    • Nicole Auguste-Jack

      Eating isn’t a right it’s a necessity as healthcare should be- but as usual, the poor will eat spam and the rich will eat steak…

  • ImOffendedTreatMeSpecial

    Being able to purchase insurance across state lines should increase competition and drive down prices. A free market solution is the only way to keep cost down.

    • Sally Koller

      Exactly!

  • Willie the 6’snake in the barn

    Glad PRESIDENT TRUMP has one of those MAJESTIC pens like Omammy. Im sure TRUMP has a phone or two as well.
    The DEPENDACRATS are doing everything to save the NUTZY pelosi/ Dirt Harry reid/ Omammy, you HAVE TO PASS IT to see whats in it un-afordable Omammycare TAX!!!
    Then NUTZY has the stones to say well, we cant vote on it because we don’t KNOW whats in it?
    What a mental woman.

  • Louie Rey

    I find it extremely funny that the “Democratic Party loathe to see ObamaCare fixed” when, if allowed to continue on its course, would have imploded entirely as it’s begun to already. That’s what Democrats call a good healthcare plan? Really?

    • Sally Koller

      Exactly my friend Louie Rey! Good to see you again ! I haven’t been posting too much lately because I didn’t have much to say about the traitor Football players not showing respect for our country because the truth was so obvious. I hope to hear more from you , you always hit the nail on the head!

      • Louie Rey

        You know, we have to stop meeting this way. My wife’s getting suspicious! As far as the NFL players are concerned. I was recently sent an e-mail pointing out that since 2000 there have been 656 NFL players arrested for a myriad of crimes including murder, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, illegal drug use and on and on. And NOW they want to be OUR moral compass? Really? Ostensibly they’re protesting against perceived racism within law enforcement and they reference among other cases Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Philandro Castile, etc. You know what these guys also have in common besides the fact that they’re all dead? They’d probably all be alive if they just obeyed orders from the cops. If they REALLY want to get to the crux of the matter they should look into the fact that Blacks make up 13% of America’s population yet are responsible for over 70% of the violent crime in this country. But that would be politically incorrect and you know we can’t have that now, can we?

  • Irene Elizabeth Grooms

    I BELIEVE THAT THESE REPUBLICANS THAT ARE WITH THE DEMOCRATS ON WE WANTING OBAMACARE REPEALED AND THEY DON’T SHOULD HAVE THERE HEALTH CARE STOPPED PERIOD.