After multiple failed Republican attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Trump is resorting to his pen to achieve some of his health care goals.
On Friday, Mr. Trump signed an executive order intended to make lower-premium plans more widely available. The president has long talked of his desire to make plans available across state lines, something this order will apparently do. The White House views this as an action that will “increase the healthcare choices for millions of Americans, potentially allowing some employers to join together across State lines to offer coverage,” according to a background call before the order’s signing.
Former President Barack Obama was criticized heavily by Republicans in 2014 when he said, I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” a nod to his intention to use executive action when Congress wouldn’t cooperate.
Mr. Trump hasn’t backed down on his desire to repeal Obamacare and fulfill a signature campaign promise, despite the GOP-led Congress’ inability to agree on how to do that. On Friday, before signing the executive order, he said he would continue to work with Congress to repeal Obamacare, “once and for all.”