Trump uses visit by Kissinger to tout healthcare change

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"Take care of a big percentage of the people we're talking about, too", he said.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday used former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as a misleading example of rising healthcare premiums under the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare law better known as Obamacare. "After tax reform, Republicans could adopt another budget resolution next year that provides reconciliation instructions to repeal and ultimately replace Obamacare".

Trump, who has called the law a failure and vowed to let it "implode", has undermined Obamacare through regulatory and administrative actions.


"That's one thing I think conservatives are taking solace in right now - there are some great conservatives running in 2018", Pye said. It is unlikely that Kissinger is getting his insurance from Obamacare's individual market, yet Trump claimed that he did not want to "pay 116 percent increase in his premiums".

"We're going to have to do something on Obamacare because it is failing", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

Trump's executive order is expected this week and would allow businesses and other groups to buy health insurance together. For instance, small plumbing firms in different states could band together to form a group and buy coverage.


These plans do not have to adhere to all of Obamacare's provisions, such as the requirement to provide comprehensive policies that cover prescription drugs, mental health and substance abuse, according to Kevin Lucia, project director at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute. Many people are understandably concerned about the implications the order could have on health care in the United States, with some likely wondering whether or not Trump could actually end Obamacare with an executive order. While there were some changes to Medicare under Obamacare, Trump's concerns about the individual exchanges have nothing to do with the program. Also, these plans have a long history of financial troubles, with some becoming insolvent.

Without insurance, they could be fined.

Critics are anxious those health plans would not be regulated by the same rules as Obamacare plans, such as the law that people with pre-existing conditions are protected.


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