WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump signed an executive order today to reform the United States healthcare system, to begin expanding choices and alternatives to Obamacare plans and to increase competition to bring down costs for consumers.
The order will lift Obama administration limits on short-term health insurance plans, allowing the plans to last as long as 12 months and be renewed. The executive order directs agencies to issue new regulations or guidance. It directs the Secretary of Labor to consider expanding the ability of small businesses and other groups to band together to buy health insurance through what are known as Association Health Plans. It also lifts limits on short-term health insurance plans.
“The time has come to give Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines, which will create a truly competitive national marketplace that will bring costs way down and provide far better care,” said President Trump.
Last week, the Trump administration began dismantling the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act by exempting employers from the federal requirement to provide insurance coverage for contraception, from birth control pills to abortion drugs and devices, in their health insurance plans if it conflicts with their sincerely held religious or moral beliefs.
“ObamaCare has been a disaster,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “It has increased healthcare costs, limited access to quality care, trampled religious freedom and forced Americans to fund the killing of innocent children. I applaud President Trump for taking the lead to dismantle one of the worst pieces of legislation in our history,” said Staver.
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