Health insurers may now extend coverage to Americans suffering from pre-existing conditions after President Donald Trump said he was working on an executive order to reform the past administration’s Affordable Care Act.
According to Reuters, insurance companies were prohibited from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act that was passed by the Barack Obama administration, known as “Obamacare,” and which President Trump has sought to eliminate.
“Over the next two weeks I’ll be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all customers,” President Trump said during a news conference at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.
“This has never been done before, but it’s time the people of our country are properly represented and properly taken care of,” he added.
President Trump has questioned the cost and coverage of Obamacare and has promised since his 2016 campaign to remove it for a better plan. In June, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to again invalidate Obama’s health care law.
For now, President Trump has come up with ways to modify Obamacare on his own.
As the Washington Times noted, “President Barack Obama’s 2010 law ensured coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and offered subsidies for private coverage on the individual market. But in doing so, it raised premiums for those who earn too much to qualify for federal assistance.”
As Republican lawmakers argue in favor of implementing the protections, it is possible to care for people with pre-existing conditions while providing cheaper coverage for everyone else.
The measure was announced by the president after presenting six other campaign promises in Ohio, indicating that he would keep manufacturing jobs for Americans and bring in more from abroad, according to the Daily Caller.
He also directed criticism at the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), saying there would be consequences for American companies doing business with the CCP.