By Daveda Gruber:
Is President Trump going the conservative route with repealing ObamaCare? It looks that way. Trump does not give up.
Although Congress is still stalling on attempts to overhaul ObamaCare, on Thursday Trump took executive action on health care, calling for a plan that could let employers group together and offer coverage across state lines.
Trump said, “So this is promoting health care, choice and competition all across the United States. This is going to be something that millions and millions of people will be signing up for and they’re going to be very happy. This will be great health care.”
Trump signed the order in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
The president explained his executive order as “the first steps to providing millions of Americans with ObamaCare relief.” He added that he isn’t giving up on getting lawmakers to repeal the law.
Trump said, “We are going to also pressure Congress very strongly to finish the repeal and the replace of ObamaCare once and for all.”
The White House said that the executive order seeks to propose “alternatives” to ObamaCare plans and increase competition to bring down costs.
Joining the president at the signing with several Republican lawmakers, including Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who called it “the biggest free market reform of health care in a generation.”
Paul said, “This reform, if it works and goes as planned, will allow millions of people to get insurance across state lines at an inexpensive price.”
We do remember that Rand Paul did not sign the Mitch McConnell version of repealing ObamaCare in the Senate. Could this executive order have important factors that McConnell was not delivering? What was McConnell trying to sell to the Senate?
Still expect opposition from many groups but this sounds like President Trump will not give up.