After multiple attempts to form a compromise with both sides of the aisle, President Trump has no choice but to take matters into his own hands.
“Since Congress can’t get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people – FAST” President Trump said in a surprising tweet early this morning. Congress has tried and failed to pass health care reform on numerous occasions, and now President Trump is insinuating that he will take executive action on health care.
According to Fox News, the White House has been drafting an executive order that would allow Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines and to form groups to purchase health insurance collectively like a business. President Trump’s latest tweet reinforces these early reports.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who has been pushing for these changes, praised Trump’s executive proposal. “This will be a great plan & a big deal for millions of Americans. I’ve been working with @realDonaldTrump for months on this. Details soon!” Paul tweeted.
Last week, while meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Trump discussed the rough outline of his plan. “They’ll be able to buy, they’ll be able to cross state lines and they will get great, competitive health care and it will cost the United States nothing,” Trump told Kissinger.
“I decided to take it upon myself,” Trump said in response to a deadlocked Congress.
Republicans in Congress have been unable to compromise on a repeal or replacement of The Affordable Care Act despite controlling the House and the Senate. According to the Republican Party platform, which was approved by delegates at the 2016 Republican National Convention, the party’s official platform is the “repeal of the dishonestly named Affordable Care Act of 2010: Obamacare.”
However, after nine months of watching Republicans in Congress sit on their hands, Trump is reaching out to make a deal.
Last Saturday, Trump said he is willing to reach across the aisle and make a deal. “I called Chuck Schumer yesterday to see if the Dems want to do a great HealthCare Bill. ObamaCare is badly broken, big premiums. Who knows!” President Trump tweeted.
However, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he was unwilling to work with the president. Trump “wanted to make another run at ‘repeal and replace’ and I told the president that’s off the table.” Schumer said.
Trump’s earlier attempts to reach across the aisle failed. After rescinding the unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, President Trump said he was willing to work with Democrats to legally enshrine a version of DACA if they are willing to compromise on immigration reform.
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Again, Schumer rejected the proposal, claiming that they are unwilling to include border security in the deal.
“The problem with agreeing to a policy on immigration is that the Democrats don’t want secure borders, they don’t care about safety for USA,” President Trump tweeted in response.
Using an executive order could allow Trump to fulfill his promise to the American people in regards to healthcare. He may not be able to repeal and replace Obamacare entirely, but he could deliver the relief Americans have been pleading for.