The Latest: Trump Says Health Care Order Will Help Millions

President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order on health care in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Washington.

By Published on October 12, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s executive order on health care (all times local):

12 p.m.

President Donald Trump predicts that millions will benefit from his action to unwind the health care law.

He’s signed an executive order to make lower-premium plans more widely available.

The changes Trump hopes to bring about could take months. That’s according to administration officials who outlined the order for reporters Thursday morning. The proposals could be finalized in time to affect coverage for 2019.

White House domestic policy director Andrew Bremberg said that Trump still believes Congress needs to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. The White House described the order as first steps.

Trump signed the order in the White House’s Roosevelt Room surrounded by Vice President Mike Pence, members of his Cabinet and Congress.

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11:55 a.m.

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that aims to make lower-premium health care plans available to more Americans.

The president says the order will provide “Obamacare relief” for millions of Americans.

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Trump says the health care system will get better with his action, and the action will cost the federal government nothing.

The president says he still wants Congress repeal and replace the Obama health care law. But his says his order will give people more competition, more choices and lower premiums.

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3:38 a.m.

President Donald Trump has made no secret he’s frustrated with the failure of Congress to repeal and replace “Obamacare.”

Now Trump will try to put his own stamp on health care with an executive order that aims to make lower-premium insurance plans available to more consumers. He will unveil his plan Thursday.

Administration officials say it will let groups and associations sponsor coverage that can be marketed across the land, stating that interstate competition will lead to lower premiums.

 

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