President Trump signs health care executive order

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that he says will bring affordable health care to millions of Americans.

"This will cost the United States government virtually nothing and people will have great, great health care," said Trump.

The executive order is one of the president's first steps toward fulfilling his promise to dismantle Obamacare, something he says should have and could have been done a while ago.

He says the plan will increase health care competition and choice while improving the quality of care and lowering prices.

"This is something that millions and millions of people will be signing up for," the president said.

But critics worry the order will cancel out Obamacare regulations, allowing companies to sell plans with lower premiums but skimpier benefits. Some fear that could draw younger, healthier customers away sending premiums skyrocketing for sicker people.

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey called the plan sabotage of the health care system.

He tweeted, "This executive order is trying to return us to the days when you could buy junk insurance – it was cheap, because it didn't cover much."

Governor Tom Wolf echoed those concerns on social media tweeting, "This is a step backward for our healthcare system. We need real bipartisan reform that cuts costs AND improves coverage."

69 News reached out to Republican State Sentaor Pat Toomey and Representative Charlie Dent for comment on the executive order but neither responded to the requests.

According to a White House official, the changes could take six months or more to take effect.

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