The GOP establishment in Congress has made it abundantly clear that Republican lawmakers are never going to repeal or rework Obamacare in any meaningful way. President Donald Trump is reportedly thinking about taking Obamacare revision efforts into his own hands, starting with a change conservative Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has long advocated. This is good news.
Following congressional Republicans’ disappointing failures to make good on Obamacare repeal promises, Trump is preparing to sidestep legislators to at least improve Obamacare via an executive order that would allow Americans to purchase healthcare across state lines.
“I’ll probably be signing a very major executive order where people can go out, cross state lines, do lots of things and buy their own health care, and that will be probably signed next week,” the president told reporters. “It’s being finished now. It’s going to cover a lot of territory and a lot of people. Millions of people.”
Paul has long championed such an adjustment, arguing that it will provide a free market boost by stirring competition in the insurance marketplace and eventually bringing down healthcare prices.
“I believe President Trump can legalize on his own the ability of individuals to join a group or health association across state lines to buy insurance,” Paul told MSNBC. “This would bring enormous leverage to bringing down prices. It would also bring protection to individuals who feel left out, hung out to dry, basically.”
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