Trump clears way for ObamaCare ‘alternatives’ in new executive order, goes around stalled Congress

by Fox News
October 12, 2017

The White House announced Thursday that President Trump is taking executive action on health care as Congress stalls on efforts to overhaul ObamaCare, calling for a plan that could let employers band together and offer coverage across state lines.

An executive order Trump plans to sign Thursday morning aims to offer “alternatives” to ObamaCare plans and increase competition to bring down costs.

“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,” Trump said in a statement.

According to officials, Trump will direct the secretary of labor to consider expanding access to Association Health Plans, which could allow employers to form groups across state lines offering coverage. According to the White House, these plans could offer lower rates.

33 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • dmttbt says:

    Anyone on Medicare should be able to see the trouble people are having on Obama care. We are being weeded out because the older you get the more worthless you are.
    When people brag about Obama care they don’t mention the extremely high deductibles and the fact that if you had that much money you could afford insurance.

  • Pete Bundy says:

    I have no problem with POTUS doing this, my problem is with the congress who for the last eight and four years have done zilch on this even though they have majorities in both the house and the senate.

  • CBUJAN says:

    Good for you Mr President. At least you are trying to do something for our people while congress sits on their hands and do nothing.

  • Tony McQueen Sr. says:

    Keep in mind, the ones that would not help, They need to be replaced in the next election that they come up in……………..

  • Brad says:

    Excellent. The insurance companies have been fighting this tooth and nail because they can’t make as much with interstate competition. Tough s**t, the vast majority of other business owners have to deal with competition too.

  • The Redhawk says:

    Just Imagine this Scenario a few blocks from the WH…..O zero is in a dark room in a corner Whining about his “LEGACY” going up in Flames while His Husband the Sasquatch MOOCH is berating him …..Pelosi is having someone READ ti her Whatever Trump Signed since she cannot COMPREHEND Anything that she cannot READ…..Schumer must be consoling his BUD Weinstein before going in MIKe to VOMIT more Nonsense about O ZEROCARE greatness..and grateful not to have to “PROCURE ” for Harvey anymore…..

  • Ar G Peterson says:

    Mr Trump didn’t want to use an E.O., but congress was unable to get the job done

    1. Retired says:

      He gave them plenty of time and congress failed .

  • Allan Scott says:

    So, when can individuals purchase health insurance from across state lines?

  • metheoldsarge says:

    Looks like you RINOs have painted yourselves into a corner this time. By turning on Trump you forced him to take this action that could, possibly, leave you holding the bag. I suspect that you kept chanting “Repeal, Repeal”, for the last six years of the Obama Administration, just to try and earn brownie points with the voters. According to Senator Cornyn, there was no intention of doing any such thing. I think Trump winning the White House caught all of you flat footed because you expected a Hillary win. Now you are running around like chickens with their heads cut off.

    There are two things You RINOs in the GOP can’t seem to get through your thick boneheaded RINO skulls:

    1. Trump and you Republicans were elected and/or reelected to repeal Obamacare. Not try to fix it or amend it.

    2. We voters did not vote for a watered down, quick fix, throw together, doctored up, Obamacare band-aid that all of you in Congress will, most likely, exempt yourselves from.

    The two biggest campaign promises by Trump and you Republicans in Congress, was the repeal of Obamacare and the securing of the border. Neither has been completed or really started yet. Starting to look like those promises to repeal Obamacare and secure the border, is turning into a barefaced lie.

    If you in the GOP were sincere, you would have started working on a replacement to Obamacare after the election in November. You also could have worked on it for the last six years. You obviously didn’t do either. You will need to come up with something quick, that makes sense. You should also try to get some Democrats on board. What ever you do, you should get it done by this time next year if you want any hope of keeping the White House and control of Congress.

    As much as I hate to say it, a conservative Majority in Congress is a joke. The Liberals never lost control of Congress. All that you RINOs have done is to join with Democrats against Trump at every turn. Now your true liberal colors are showing. You have done everything to disappoint me and nothing to impress me. You work hard. I will give you that. You are working hard to make sure that two of the biggest campaign promises of 2016 will not be kept.

    Remember when George H. W. Bush said “Read my lips” in 1988? We all know what happened in 1992 as a result of that broken promise. This time you weren’t even smart enough to put it all on Trump like Congress did to Bush in 1992. I hope you all lose your State Primaries next year by the biggest land slide your states have ever seen.

  • ONTIME says:

    Looks like our RINO lead C- congress cannot be relied onto perform the People’s Will, “our” President elect is taking the burden of performance from the congress and using a WH ExO to do what they overpaid congress will not do….This is moral initiative and the beginning of the end for the unconstitutional Barry Care…..’BOUT TIME FOLKS!…..MAGA…….AMERICA FOR AMERICANS…..

  • uhptony says:

    Finally it has happened. We can now buy insurance across state lines just like buying a new or used car in another state. Thank God we have a real president and leader.

    1. ONTIME says:

      It’s the way it should be and Barry Care should be relegated to the trash heap of socialized failure…..

      1. Retired says:

        All 2700 pages should be banned and destroyed .

        1. dmttbt says:

          Are you not grateful for the BS our government has sold us and called it great health care?

          1. Retired says:

            String them all up on the clothe line , which could be miles long .

  • PatriotGal says:

    Good for PRESIDENT Trump! He has promised the people he would help them and he is keeping his promise despite the Demonazis, RINOs and establishment elites. Being able to buy insurance across state lines is a great start!!! Competition is the name of the game. Without competition, we are slaves to the largest, most powerful corporations. God bless OUR PRESIDENT!!!

    1. metheoldsarge says:

      In my opinion Trump is playing right into the hands of the RINOs and Democrats. It is easier for the next President to revoke Executive Orders than it is to have a law overturned by legislation. We just saw proof of that in the failure of repealing Obamacare.

      1. The Redhawk says:

        On the Contrary I think he is OUTSMARTING, Sandbagging and Driving NUTS all RINOS and *D) Anarchists!…………What he repealed was another O-ZERO presidential act with no Congressional input

        1. metheoldsarge says:

          I hope you are right. There is a procedure Congress has to revoke, modify or supersede executive orders. It is rarely done and they didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to try it with Obama’s many Executive orders. I may be wrong but I wouldn’t put it past the RINOs and Democrats to try it.

          1. The Redhawk says:

            Sso in order to UNDO the bad “fiat do’s” of O zero, Trump has to UNDO those Acts…. SAD State of affairs due to the CONGRESSIONAL CESSPOOL has gotten used to getting NOTHING DONE…for the COUNTRY!.

          2. Retired says:

            It will only cut their throats at the next election .

          3. The Redhawk says:

            Unless we see a mass EXODUS…

          4. Retired says:

            The voting booth will determin that ,plus the ones not running in 2018 and 2020 .

          5. The Redhawk says:

            Along with the QUALITY of the NEW Candidates… we need Veterans, Outsiders, from all Productive Walks of life… Many Fewer Lawyers and academia do nothing A HOLES…

          6. dmttbt says:

            You are assuming that they will count the votes fairly. The democrats are the party who says the black people are too stupid to get a free id in order to vote. That is also saying that they do not have a checking account or drivers license.

          7. Retired says:

            Most won’t get a license because there is a warrant out for them .That is why Democrats fight voter ID laws .

          8. dmttbt says:

            Most have had a license and have been revoked. The fact that a large number collect money or services from the government should indicate that they have a valid account of some description.

          9. Retired says:

            Most do not know who the father is or where they were born to get their birth certificate , you know like Obama .

          10. The Redhawk says:

            Well First “ACROSS STATE LINES” … NEXT NO more SUBSIDIES to INSURANCE Companies and the O-ZERO care Derailment in flames is ACCELERATED…. and the Progressive Socialist are bound to go BALLISTIC!!!… as are the RINOS that got Pay backs from the INS COMPANIES…

        2. Pete says:

          Lobby money has castrated the entrenched elite of both parties. Primary ALL republicans who kissed the progressive ring. The nation doesn’t need democrats and democrat wanna be’s (RINO) in our federal government.

          1. The Redhawk says:

            I just wonder how much of the O ZERO/HOLDER Illegal Subsidies to the INSURANCE companies came back to ENRICH the Biggest TURDS in the Congressional CESSPOOL… and which of these might announce a “family issue” retirement plan inn the next few says…..

      2. dmttbt says:

        Don’t you know that he has to do things without the congress or senate because they are sworn enemies of Trump and the united states tax payer.

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