WASHINGTON (Alliance News) – US President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday in a bid to expand US health care options after repeated failed attempts by his Republican Party to repeal Obamacare.
“We’ve been hearing about the disaster of Obamacare for so long,” Trump said in a ceremony to sign the order at the White House alongside members of Congress and health care executives.
Trump took matters into his own hands amid frustration over Congress’ repeated failures to tackle health insurance reforms put in place by predecessor Barack Obama, but said he would continue to pressure Congress to act.
“We’re starting that process, and we’re starting it in a very positive manner,” he said.
The order directs the Labor Department, Treasury Department and Department of Health and Human Services to take steps to expand access to short-term insurance plans and to make it easier for small businesses to pool resources to purchase group insurance plans across state lines.
Republican Senate leaders last month scrapped plans to bring the latest bill to repeal Obamacare up for a vote after the measure failed to receive enough support. Trump has said he believes the effort will have enough votes to proceed early next year.
Health care has been a key issue in the US for years as part of an effort to reduce the number of uninsured, and Trump made repealing and revising Obamacare a cornerstone of his election campaign last year.