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Trump Executive Order Looks to Upend Obamacare

by Countable | 10.10.17

What’s the story?

Republicans have run on promises to repeal Obamacare for years now. President Trump ran on those promises as well. But even controlling both houses of Congress and the White House, the GOP has not been able to pass legislation to change the law.

Now President Trump is reportedly taking matters into his own hands with an upcoming executive order that will change significant aspects of Obamacare and achieve GOP policy priorities that haven’t been able to advance any other way.

Why does it matter?

Tuesday morning President Trump tweeted out his intention to quickly do what Congress has been unable to:

The Washington Post reports the executive order the president plans to use the power of his pen to sign will likely hit his desk on Thursday. It is expected to have a few key components that could change the current insurance landscape considerably, though likely not in time to affect premiums for the 2018 plan year.

Here are the key pieces:

The order will authorize the creation of association health plans, allowing groups of individuals and small businesses to band together to buy plans on the large group insurance market. Those plans would not be subject to Obamacare restrictions around essential health benefits.

Groups could purchase stripped-down, lower cost plans, which would benefit members who don’t currently need more than catastrophic coverage, but could imperil members if they experience serious health issues.

Critics fear the plans would siphon off many of the younger, healthier customers whose enrollments allow health insurers in the Obamacare marketplaces to keep plan costs for customers with more health issues down.

The association health plans would also be authorized to buy insurance across state lines, a GOP policy goal for many years, and the second key component of the president’s plan. Proponents of the idea believe it will increase competition and bring down costs. Critics say health care costs are too localized for the change to make much difference.

Component three would be authorizing the sale of "short-term" health care plans. These plans generally last less than a year and offer limited benefits. Under Obamacare they were restricted to less than 90 days. The plans would offer consumers in transition between jobs or moving to new locations a leaner, less expensive plan.

Again, critics fear this would divert many young, healthy consumers from the long term insurance marketplace, causing costs for consumers with chronic health needs to skyrocket.

What do you think?

Is the president’s expected executive order the right plan for changing health care costs? Would you benefit from association health plans or short-term plans or not? Would the existence of these plans jeopardize your health care costs? Is it okay for the president to step in and unilaterally make a change that Congress has not been able to achieve, like President Obama did with DACA?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

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  • Joanne
    10/10/2017
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    The executive order to change ACA is just trump being angry that he didn’t get his own way. He cares nothing about the people of America, only the rich. None of these changes are good. Nothing trump does is good. They will hurt most Americans. Congress, Democrats and Republicans need to stop trump, before he stops America as we know it.

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  • Perry
    10/10/2017
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    Two words: Universal Healthcare. We want it. Young folks and old alike.

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  • Cheri
    10/10/2017
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    Can someone upend Trump, instead?

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  • Alan
    10/10/2017
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    They are claiming they can replace it with something effective. That’s crap. Every plan they’ve put out is meant to do nothing more than gut universal healthcare. To make it so the rich have the best healthcare and everyone else can just die. It’s short and almost livid, my message, but mark my words; as a the one diabetic who nearly died without healthcare prior to obamacare, I will vote against anyone, dem rep doesn’t matter who allows them to do this. It’s murder. I will gladly take my degree and job (and what would have been good taxable income for the USA) to Canada or Germany or any of the places where they made health care for everyone work. THAT would truly be making America great again. Just fix Obamacare. Repealing and replacing just allows the right to gut it and destroy people with pre-existing conditions. I’d like to thank the 130+ people who liked this (so far). It was somewhat of a shock because I felt I far too harsh or rude in the connotation I used to respond. Yet it appears that many of you feel the same way. That’s understandable. Still. If we wish to extend some form of live branch to those who (in general) are often on the right hand side of politics etc, we need to find a common ground. I find this very difficult because of the division of trusted news. I think the distrust brought about by (IMO) shoddy shameless reporting by Alex Jones (conspiracy and fear) coupled with a more widespread and moderate billing of the same from Fox News has done its best to create a sharp division in viewpoints. Let’s do research before we blindly believe reports.

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  • Suzanne
    10/10/2017
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    Donald Trump is obsessed with overturning every single thing with President Obama's name on it. Someone has to stop this maniac--and soon--before he totally destroys our country and everything it stands for. If you sit idly by and do nothing you are complicit. Impeach NOW!

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  • IamAdlr
    10/10/2017
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    45 lacks the mental capacity and moral fortitude to do this right.

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  • Alan
    10/10/2017
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    Re: Trump’s expected Executive Order wiping out parts of the ACA. Hypocrisy, thy name is politician! Obama’s Executive Orders caused widespread tearing of hair and gnashing of teeth among Republicans, who claimed them to be overreach by the President. In some cases, they were probably right. But so far, Trump is on pace to sign almost twice as many EOs as Obama did! Where is the righteous indignation over abuse of power now?

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  • Mancos
    10/10/2017
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    Just another way to bully Americans...and line his pockets.

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  • James
    10/10/2017
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    I'm disabled on a fixed income, with a progressive illness, how on earth will I get treatment?

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  • Ra van
    10/10/2017
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    This man is evil and the ppl who support him are evil. He really doesn't give a damn about healthcare. All this is about erasing, perhaps Obama's biggest success. Trump and his minions are acting out of spite with NO regard for the well-being of the American people. It's absolutely insane!

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  • Luke
    10/10/2017
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    Nothing in politics happens on accident. Trump and the gang have their agenda to repeal Obamacare at all costs without working with Dems to make it better for reasons we may never know. My guess is the almighty dollar but I digress. Either way the checks and balances of the US political system need to shoot this down. One man cannot make and executive decision of this magnitude.

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  • Drew
    10/10/2017
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    We need to stop the ACA from ruining America. We need healthcare with better quality and at better prices, and the best way to do this is to open up the healthcare to the capitalism of America to have companies compete; this will lead to better quality and prices that will help out Americans in the long run - from a 16 y/o high school student

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  • Stickyfingers
    10/10/2017
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    Obamacare is felling in every State. Something has to be done to fix it or replace it with a better healthcare plan. The liberal democrats are too proud to sit down with President Trump and work a deal out. The American people are the only ones who will suffer if something doesn’t get done.

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  • Steve
    10/10/2017
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    Obama care sucks!!!

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  • Ken
    10/10/2017
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    I like Trumps agenda!

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  • SSyar
    10/10/2017
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    I have schizoaffective disorder and anxiety. I absolutely need healthcare to stay alive, literally. Before I got treatment I was on a deadly path and I don’t want to return to that. Trump needs to stop focusing on stripping away anything Obama has ever done and focus on the well-being of his citizens. I fear the latter is not his goal with this executive order. I beg our representatives to stick up for us.

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  • Dylan
    10/10/2017
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    Someone tell this idiot he's not a king.

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  • Michael
    10/10/2017
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    Spiteful moron

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  • Jon-luke
    10/10/2017
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    It’s ridiculous! Obviously the American people want Obamacare made better and not repealed, and because 45 is unable to round up his own party he is going to do exactly what he criticized Obama for doing. (Just look at what he said on the “legality” of DACA.) This continues to show this man’s main objective is to erase America’s first black President, and not help the American people.

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  • Mike
    10/10/2017
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    It’s about time! Republicans can either support Trump or will be voted out of office!

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