President Trump on Tuesday vowed to use “the power of the pen” to change America’s health care system due to Congress failing to make progress on the issue.
Since Congress can't get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people - FAST— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
Some Twitter users on Tuesday speculated about Trump entering the national debate over health care reform.
Donald Trump is gonna make healthcare! The same guy who thinks he invented the terms prime the pump and fake news is gonna save you! Cool!— patriotic american (@Asnowflake9000) October 10, 2017
I think you got the words give and take mixed up. You will be taking healthcare away from millions— Impeach Donald Trump (@Impeach_D_Trump) October 10, 2017
The Hill on Tuesday reported that Trump’s planned executive order on Obamacare is anticipated as soon as this week.
The order would permit small businesses or other groups of people to buy health insurance together.
Critics worry that such Association Health Plans (AHPs) could be governed by different rules than Obamacare’s plans, including those that shield people with pre-existing conditions.
At issue is whether AHPs would be cheaper for healthier people, potentially enticing them to leave the Obamacare market.
The outcome would be only sicker, costlier people staying on Obamacare plans, resulting in a spike in premiums.
Supporters counter that Trump’s order would lower prices for consumers and ease constraints on the free market.
Trump is likely to direct agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Labor to issue guidance or regulations due to limits on his powers.
The president frequently pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare during his 2016 election campaign.
Congress has failed to pass legislation accomplishing that promise several times earlier this year, however, despite GOP-control of the House and Senate.