President Trump Tells Democrats to 'Call Me' to Fix Obamacare

How Trump's executive order would weaken Obamacare

How Trump's executive order would weaken Obamacare

The White House announced late Thursday night that it will stop subsidy payments to insurers who sell coverage under Obamacare - prompting howls of protest from Democrat lawmakers.

Those plan would likely have fewer benefits and appeal to healthier, younger people.

Whether Trump's executive order will be the play that breaks through isn't clear.

About 17 million people buying individual health insurance policies are the main focus of Trump's order. They come after Trump was unsuccessful multiple times in getting the program repealed via Congress.

It was Trump's most concrete step to undo Obamacare since he took office in January promising to dismantle Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement. "It is a spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage leveled at working families and the middle class in every corner of America".

'Make no mistake about it, @POTUS will try to blame the Affordable Care Act, but this will fall on his back and he will pay the price for it'.

Congressional Republicans have argued that the Obama administration should have sought congressional approval for the payments in a spending bill. "Under our Constitution", Mr. Ryan said, "the power of the purse belongs to Congress, not the executive branch".

The administration also halved the open enrollment period, which begins November 1, slashed the Obamacare advertising and outreach budget, and allowed broad religious and moral exemptions to the law's mandate that employers provide coverage for women's birth control. It's unclear whether any new rule changes could be ready for implementation within that timeframe.

Paul attended the White House ceremony and was honored by Trump with a pen used to sign the executive order.

They mean that someone who would normally face a deductible of $2,000 or more would potentially have no deductible.

The order also instructs the departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services to revised their rules implementing various provisions of the health care law to allow so-called association health plans to cross state lines.

"The bailout of insurance companies through these unlawful payments is yet another example of how the previous administration abused taxpayer dollars and skirted the law to prop up a broken system", the press secretary said.

Stopping the payments, which help people with modest incomes, would trigger a spike in premiums for next year unless Mr Trump reverses course or Congress authorises the money.

What did the White House say? "We will have great health care in our country".

But some business groups are cheering the move, saying it will allow them to provide employees with insurance options that are affordable and appealing.

But economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the center-right American Action Forum, said it looks like the impact will be on market niches, not the broad landscape of health insurance. In 2011, it said that such plans would still be subject to tight federal regulation.

The president has threatened for months on cutting these payments, with many insurers already planning for this possibility.

The executive order aims to make lower-premium health care plans available to more Americans.

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