Trump says health executive order ‘probably this week’

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President Trump said Tuesday that he will be signing an executive order on health care “probably this week” that will provide “great, great health care.”

Trump’s executive order, which has been expected for several weeks, is aimed at allowing small businesses and other groups to join together to buy health insurance through what are known as association health plans.

“I’ll also be signing something probably this week which is going to go a long way to take care of many of the people that have been so badly hurt on health care,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “They’ll be able to buy, they’ll be able to cross state lines, and they will get great competitive health care and it will cost the United States nothing.”
{mosads}The full details of the order are not yet clear, and Trump did not provide any more details. Some observers are expecting the order to be issued on Thursday.
Supporters of ObamaCare worry the order would undermine the health law by siphoning healthy people away from ObamaCare plans into the new association health plans, which do not have to follow the same rules. 
Trump said he is acting on his own due to Congress’s failure to pass repeal. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been pushing for the action. 
“So with Congress the way it is, I decided to take it upon myself, so we’ll be announcing that soon as far as the signing is concerned, but it’s largely worked out,” Trump said. “It’s very simple in one way but very intricate in another. But it will be great great health care for many, many people, a big percentage of the number of people that we were talking about for failed ObamaCare.”
Still, Trump said he is not giving up on action on ObamaCare. He called Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) last week to try to revive health-care legislation, but Schumer told him repealing ObamaCare is off the table and urged bipartisan action to stabilize the law. 
“Now we’re going to have to do something with ObamaCare because it’s failing,” Trump said Tuesday, sitting next to former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. 
“Henry Kissinger does not want to pay 116 percent increase in his premiums, but that’s what’s happening and it’s actually getting worse,” Trump added. “It’s getting worse by the minute so we’re going to have to do something with ObamaCare and that will work out.”
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