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Thursday, October 12, 2017

WASHINGTON -- President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that clears the way for potentially sweeping changes in health insurance, including sales of cheaper policies with fewer benefits and fewer protections for consumers than those mandated under the Affordable Care Act.

"With these actions," Mr. Trump said Thursday, "we are moving toward lower costs and more options in the health care market, and taking crucial steps toward saving the American people from the nightmare of Obamacare."

"This is going to be something that millions and millions of people will be signing up for," the president predicted, "and they're going to be very happy. This will be great health care."

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People who want or need broad coverage could find it increasingly difficult to obtain an affordable policy, experts say.

While the administration's goal may be to give people a broader choice of plans, it could have the opposite effect on people who need or want the robust coverage available under the Affordable Care Act.

"The easier you make it not to buy comprehensive coverage, the harder you make it to buy comprehensive coverage," said Katherine Hempstead, a health policy expert at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

But short-term policies can limit benefits and charge higher premiums to people who have expensive medical conditions, a type of discrimination banned in policies regulated under the Affordable Care Act.

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Trump killing off poor sick people, young and old.

But hey, selling cheap shoddy products with lies is what his family is all about.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-10-12 05:56 PM | Reply

So now it is suddenly OK for the President legislate with executive orders? Isn't he changing the Law and the intent of a Law that Congress has already passed?

My how the worm has turned.

Just as his executive "Muslim Ban" ended up in the courts this one will too.

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-10-12 06:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump

Why is @BarackObama constantly issuing executive orders that are major power grabs of authority? This is the latest

Executive Order -- Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions obamawhitehouse.archives.gov

10:11 AM - 10 Jul 2012

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-12 08:40 PM | Reply

Donald Trump has overtaken Barack Obama on executive orders

It seems that despite of his contempt for executive action when Obama was president, Trump has quite a taste for it when in power.

www.indy100.com

7 presidential actions Trump blasted Obama for and then did himself

www.businessinsider.com

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-12 08:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

At least he had a good teacher. The moral compass, of course, is a different issue.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-10-12 08:59 PM | Reply

#4

JeffJ is outraged.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2017-10-12 09:08 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Headline is fAkE nEwZz

Obamacare is unsustainable -- the backbone could collapse, expert warns - Published Wed, 17 Aug 2016

www.cnbc.com

And as we know, CNBC/MSNBC is untouchable. Their word is puritopian bank.

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-10-12 09:56 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Rand Paul is a big cheerleader for this.

I wonder if he had any opinions about the executive orders of any former presidents...

www.politico.com

FTA:

"I'm afraid that President Obama may have this ‘king complex' sort of developing, and we're going to make sure it doesn't happen," Paul said, adding that the Founding Fathers specified that Congress should make laws.

Obama also laid out several policies for Congress to take up, calling on the body to pursue a ban on military-style assault weapons and asking for universal background checks. Paul said he believed that Obama's proposals for Congress would falter.

#8 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-10-13 07:56 AM | Reply

Those with chronic conditions. I suggest you pray on it.

#9 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-10-13 11:45 AM | Reply

Finally!

Trump can prove that Obamacare is in a death spiral.

Now that he has made sure of it.

Now that he has made sure it is in a death spiral we can call it TrumpsNoCare.

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-10-13 05:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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Let's not forget one of the big changes Trump included.

The ability of insurance companies to sell across state lines.

That is something I've been hearing for decades needs to be done.

#11 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2017-10-14 10:21 AM | Reply

#11

President Donald Trump said that by allowing insurers to sell plans across state lines, "your premiums will be down 60 and 70 percent." We couldn't find any study supporting such a decrease, and experts we consulted disputed the idea that overall average premiums would decline significantly. . . . We asked the White House for support for the president's claim, but we did not receive a response. We reached out to health care experts, and they knew of no study or analysis backing up Trump's 60 percent or 70 percent figures -- nor could they point to any other studies giving estimates for the impact on premiums.

www.factcheck.org

#12 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-14 01:03 PM | Reply

Gal,

"President Donald Trump said that by allowing insurers to sell plans across state lines, "your premiums will be down 60 and 70 percent." We couldn't find any study supporting such a decrease"

So What!

Whoopee Doo what Donald said.

Anyone with any business comprehension will understand the new possibilities.

Frankly, at this point it's anybody's guess how this will affect things?

How often are the "experts" wrong in this economic climate?

You can be assured there will be unanticipated consequences.

Some good...some bad.

From the perspective of the insured, it makes sense.

#13 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2017-10-14 07:48 PM | Reply

#13

Whoop Dee Doo That's the spirit.

#14 | Posted by Zed at 2017-10-14 08:04 PM | Reply

Gal,

You better hope the "experts" are wrong.

A lot of them believe the stock market is ripe for a serious adjustment.

#15 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2017-10-14 08:32 PM | Reply

I have been out all day but will explain later why the cross state lines is meaningless

Companies already can and if individuals do they will have a problem finding providers

An insurance company in Georgia won't have a good network in New Jersey so everything will be out of network

#16 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-10-14 08:44 PM | Reply

Truth,

"An insurance company in Georgia won't have a good network in New Jersey so everything will be out of network"

For now....

Interconnectivity over the Internet is changing how things operate.

With new possibilities there will be new opportunities.

I'm sure things won't change overnight.

I suspect Trump's adversaries will do anything they can to stall progress.

#17 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2017-10-14 08:56 PM | Reply

Truth,

Maybe it's just time for a new business model.

The health care system is headed towards some sort of crisis.

It was before Obamacare and still is today regardless how many people now have insurance.

There are large swaths of people who get no help with health insurance and are finding their health care costs rising every year.

I supported Obama's health care reform because I believe something needed to be done.

I believe interstates sales is a good idea in the long run.

#18 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2017-10-14 09:14 PM | Reply

Nothing stops interstate trading except the states have their own minimal requirements of coverage
It will do you no good to have an out of state plan that doesn't meet the stats standards because everything will be out of network

The controlling costs are the provider contract fees with the insurance company and what items are covered and the size and demographics of the pool

All companies can compete in any marthey choose not to because it is not cost beneficial

So there is no benefit to buying insurance across state lines

The out of state insurance company would by definition not have contracts with the in state providers

#19 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-10-14 09:32 PM | Reply

Can he legally do this?

ACA has within it "HHS shall" more times than I can possibly count. Does this fall under that purview?

Note: I haven't read the linked article. I only have a little bit of time and am drive-by blogging today.

#20 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-10-15 01:47 PM | Reply

"Can he legally do this?"

It's funny how all you care is if it's legal for 20 million people to lose their health insurance.

Strong Republican values right there!

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-15 02:48 PM | Reply

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