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Trump Signs Order Letting Insurance Be Sold Across State Lines

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order allowing health insurance to be sold across state lines. |  Photo: White House

Compiled from Associated Press reports
October 12, 2017 12:03 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that aims to make lower-premium health care plans available to more Americans.

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The president says the order will provide what he calls "Obamacare relief" for millions of Americans.

The changes Trump hopes to bring about could take months or even longer, 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.

Administration officials say the order 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.

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.


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