President Donald Trump signed several executive orders on Thursday, Sept. 24, that would become part of a health care plan promised years ago. The plan would include options such as reducing prescription drug costs or ending so-called surprise billing.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the president’s plan would offer “better care, with more options, at a much lower cost, and work to ensure that Americans have access to the care they need,” Trump said during a speech in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Affordable insurance, increased price transparency, and protection for patients with pre-existing conditions would also be part of the policies proposed in the executive order’s health care plan.
In order for the Supreme Court to rule the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a signature health plan of the past administration, unconstitutional, President Trump launched the America First health care proposal.
As TownHall has reported, the president criticized the ACA for failing to expand coverage and lower premiums, despite promises by the Obama administration.
“On December 22, 2017, I signed into law the repeal of the burdensome individual-mandate penalty, liberating millions of low-income Americans from a tax that penalized them for not purchasing health-insurance coverage they did not want or could not afford,” President Trump wrote in a White House statement.
According to Trump, his administration has increased the availability of renewable, short-term, health care plans that are of limited-duration, “providing options that are up to 60 percent cheaper than the least expensive alternatives under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAA).”
President Trump’s order comes just weeks before the Supreme Court hears a lawsuit filed by several Republican states that ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.
Given the vacancy left in the Supreme Court by the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the nomination by President Trump and the Republicans with a conservative justice could accelerate the process of overturning “Obamacare” as the Supreme Court would shift the ideological divide from 5-4 to 6-3 in favor of the conservatives.
The repeal of Obama’s health care law would remove anyone being denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions, so the executive order is aimed at ensuring all Americans with such conditions get coverage regardless of whether or not Obama’s health care law is repealed.
As the OAN pointed out, the president has also advocated that the 33 million Medicare beneficiaries be eligible for a $200 subsidy to cover prescription drug costs, announcing the inclusion of a rule that would allow for more favorable importation of prescription drugs from Canada.