News

President Trump signs health care executive order

VIDEO: President Trump signs...

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.


DISCLAIMER FOR COMMENTS: The views expressed by public comments are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the TERMS OF USE  and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Your comments may be used on air. Be polite. Inappropriate posts or posts containing offsite links may be removed by the moderator.

WEATHER ALERT

There is 1 weather alert.   DETAILS >>>

Allentown, PA 18102

62°F

Overcast

TONIGHT

  • %

This Week's Circulars

Latest from the newsroom