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President Trump May Sign an Executive Order on Health Care Next Week

Following Senate Republicans’ decision to abandon the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, President Donald Trump has announced that he may sign an executive order on health care to bring about change, CNN Money says. Here we go again!

“I’ll probably be signing a very major executive order where people can go out, cross state lines, do lots of things and buy their own health care, and that will be probably signed next week,” he said to reporters on Wednesday. “It’s being finished now. It’s going to cover a lot of territory and a lot of people. Millions of people.”

The potential order is reportedly inspired by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s ideas on health care. Sen. Paul has proposed a solution allowing insurers to sell policies across state boundaries and buy coverage in groups. If permitted to sell insurance policies in several states, insurers would still only follow health care regulations in their home state. While the plus side of the idea would increase customers’ options of what to do, critics have pointed out that having access to other states would increase insurance rates negatively.

“I believe President Trump can legalize on his own the ability of individuals to join a group or health association across state lines to buy insurance,” Paul shared on MSNBC. “This would bring enormous leverage to bringing down prices. It would also bring protection to individuals who feel left out, hung out to dry, basically.” 

Trump choosing to support Paul’s proposal comes only a week after the president rebuffed it on Twitter. “Graham-Cassidy Bill is great!” Trump wrote. “Ends [Obama]care!”

BuzzFeed News reports that making the solution an executive order would prevent it from going through Congress. Paul has been working on his plans for six months and was one of the GOP senators who publicly opposed the Graham-Cassidy bill. 

Although Paul’s plan seems far more reasonable than the Graham-Cassidy bill, I’ll actually believe any health care changes once they’re finalized. 

Kristen is a 2017 graduate of Siena College with a degree in English and minors in Writing & Communications and Journalism. Although she constantly pines for life in London after studying there for a semester, she calls New York home for now. In addition to previously working as a writer and Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked for Her Campus as a News and Pop Culture blogger and a national editorial intern. Kristen has previously written for New York Minute, London's Health and Fitness, and Electronic Products. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls. Follow her on Twitter @kperroney.
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