clear
Friday December 15th, 2017 6:38PM

The Latest: Trump says health care order will help millions

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

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

12 p.m.

President Donald Trump predicts "millions and millions of people" 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.

But the changes Trump hopes to bring about could take months or even longer. That's according to administration officials who outlined the order for reporters Thursday morning. The proposals may not be finalized in time to affect coverage for 2019, let alone next year.

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.

___

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 what he calls "Obamacare relief" for millions of Americans.

Trump is relying on the executive order because the Republican-controlled Congress has been unable to pass a plan to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law.

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.

___

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, reflecting Trump's longstanding belief that interstate competition will lead to lower premiums.

Trump's move is likely to encounter opposition from medical associations, consumer groups and even insurers — the same coalition that has blocked congressional Republicans. They say it would raise costs for the sick, while the lower-premium coverage for healthy people would come with significant gaps.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Business
© Copyright 2017 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Myanmar's Suu Kyi urges unity, creates new aid committee
Myanmar's embattled leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has called for national unity and created a committee that will coordinate all international and local assistance in violence-struck Rakhine state
12:10PM ( 7 minutes ago )
The Latest: Trump says health care order will help millions
President Donald Trump predicts "millions and millions of people" will benefit from his action to unwind the health care law
12:04PM ( 14 minutes ago )
Probe blames poor evacuation plans in deadly Portugal fire
News reports say an independent investigation into a Portuguese forest fire that killed 64 people has found that authorities failed to evacuate villages on time
12:04PM ( 14 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Trump energy chief defends costly plane travel
Energy Secretary Rick Perry is defending his costly travel on private and government planes before Congress
11:46AM ( 31 minutes ago )
The Latest: Minister says Canada relieved that family feed
Canada's foreign minister says her government is greatly relieved to learn that after five years of being held hostage, Canadian Joshua Boyle and family have been released and are safe
11:42AM ( 36 minutes ago )
Ryan blames high-tax states as GOP lawmakers balk on plan
With GOP lawmakers from high-tax states bucking President Donald Trump's tax overhaul package over a popular tax deduction, House Speaker Paul Ryan is lashing out at the states like California, New York and New Jersey.
11:38AM ( 40 minutes ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
US World Cup absence could have wide-ranging effects
The U.S. team's failure to qualify for the World Cup could have a wide-ranging effect on broadcasters, sponsors and tournament organizers
11:45AM ( 33 minutes ago )
The Latest: NYPD reviewing Weinstein sex assault allegations
The Latest: New York City police detectives are taking a fresh look into sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein
11:33AM ( 45 minutes ago )
NYC police taking fresh look at Weinstein sex assault claims
New York City police detectives are taking a fresh look into sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein
11:23AM ( 55 minutes ago )
AP Business
Myanmar's Suu Kyi urges unity, creates new aid committee
Myanmar's embattled leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has called for national unity and created a committee that will coordinate all international and local assistance in violence-struck Rakhine state
12:10PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Probe blames poor evacuation plans in deadly Portugal fire
News reports say an independent investigation into a Portuguese forest fire that killed 64 people has found that authorities failed to evacuate villages on time
12:04PM ( 14 minutes ago )
The Latest: Israel calls US decision 'turning point' for UN
Israel's U.N. ambassador is calling the United States' withdrawal from UNESCO "a turning point."
12:02PM ( 16 minutes ago )
The Latest: Trump says couple's release shows respect for US
President Donald Trump says Pakistan's release of an American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children is a sign that "a lot of countries are starting to respect the United States of America once again."
11:59AM ( 18 minutes ago )
The Latest: Hachette ends deal with Weinstein Books
Hachette Book Group ends deal with Weinstein Books
11:54AM ( 24 minutes ago )