On Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order that seeks to protect patients with preexisting medical conditions.
According to CBN News, the signing of the order took place during Trump’s visit to the swing state of North Carolina.
"My plan expands affordable insurance options, reduces the cost of prescription drugs, will end surprise medical billing, increases fairness through price transparency, streamlines bureaucracy, accelerates innovation, strongly protects Medicare and always protects patients with preexisting conditions," he said.
He noted that it was the first-ever executive order that seeks to protect patients with preexisting medical conditions, according to US government policy.
“The historic action I am taking today includes the first-ever executive order to affirm it is the official policy of the United States government to protect patients with pre-existing conditions,” Trump said during a speech, The Hill reports. “So we're making that official.”
By signing the executive order, Trump hopes to encourage Americans that he will guarantee coverage for preexisting conditions.
Trump’s administration has long desired to repeal ObamaCare, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which also covers preexisting conditions. At the present time, the administration is currently asking the Supreme Court to overturn the ACA in full.
Last week, Trump constantly accused The Democratic Party of their attempts to release a “socialist nightmare” with a government-based healthcare system.
Several Democrats expressed dissatisfaction with Trump’s executive order as an attempt to cover up his record.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) labeled it a “bogus executive order”, adding that, “if President Trump cared at all about people with pre-existing conditions, he would drop his lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act in the middle of a pandemic.”
Larry Levitt, a health policy expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation, tweeted that “President Trump has promised protections, but with no specific plan.”
There are a variety of ways to protect people with pre-existing conditions:— Larry Levitt (@larry_levitt) September 24, 2020
Preserve the ACA
Medicare for all
An adequately funded high risk pool with comprehensive coverage and affordable premiums
President Trump has promised protections, but with no specific plan.
“The Trump Administration says "the entire ACA must fall," Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden wrote. “They are arguing to strip millions of Americans of health care in the middle of a pandemic. We can't let him win.”
The Trump Administration says "the entire ACA must fall."— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 24, 2020
They are arguing to strip millions of Americans of health care in the middle of a pandemic.
We can't let him win. pic.twitter.com/bcwiGz1HOn
Biden, who was then vice president when Obamacare was passed, hopes to expand the ACA as part of his proposed health policies.
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