President Trump Signs an Executive Order to Promote Healthcare Choice and Competition


Alexander Acosta:
Good morning. President Trump and
his administration are committed to ensuring
hardworking Americans have access to affordable
healthcare. Mr. President your
executive order signed today is an important step
in achieving that goal. I want to thank you and
your administration for continuing to focus
on finding affordable healthcare solutions. In addition to
instructions given to the treasury and Health and
Human services department the President will task
the Department of Labor with considering ways
to deliver quality, affordable healthcare to
the American workforce. I would now like to call
upon Senator Rand Paul to say a few brief words. Thank you. Thank you,
Secretary Acosta. Today is a big day. President Trump is doing
what I believe is the biggest free market
reform of healthcare in a generation. This reform, if it works
and goes as planned, will allow millions of people
to get insurance across state lines at an
inexpensive price. 28 million people were
left behind by ObamaCare. Do not have
insurance today. This specifically targets
and will help people who don’t have insurance, or
people for whom insurance is too expensive. I am very glad to be a
part of this, and I really want to commend the
President for having the boldness, and the
leadership, and the foresight to
get this done. And I’d like to introduce
the Vice President of the United States. The Vice President:
Well, good morning. Secretary Acosta, Senator
Paul, Secretary Mnuchin, Director Mulvaney,
Administrator McMahon, and Senator Paul, thank you
for those thoughtful remarks. And to Congressman Greg
Walden and Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, other
distinguished members of Congress, and job
creators, it’s an honor to share this moment with you
today — a moment where President Trump will take
a critical step to lower the cost of health
insurance for working Americans. Since day one of our
administration, President Trump has made it a top
priority to rescue the American people from the
disastrous failure of Obamacare. Every day Obamacare
survives is another day the American
people struggle. And all the job creators
gathered here today at the White House have witnessed
the failures of Obamacare firsthand. Premiums have more than
doubled since Obamacare went into effect, and next
year premiums are set to increase even more. costs have been
skyrocketing, choices are plummeting. Next year, nearly half of
America’s counties will have only one choice of
health insurance provider, which means they
essentially have no choice at all. As the President and I
have traveled the country, we’ve heard stories from
small-business owners like those gathered here today,
from working families who are struggling under the
weight of Obamacare. Today, President Trump
will take decisive action to provide the American
people with flexibility and freedom from the
burdens of Obamacare and expand the number of
affordable healthcare options for
working Americans. And, Mr. President, I can
say, I speak for everyone here and for millions of
Americans when I say how grateful we are for your
determination to repeal and replace Obamacare
and your commitment demonstrated today by this
action to provide the American people with
more choices for more affordable healthcare
in the 21st century. with that, ladies and
gentlemen, it’s my privilege to introduce the
President of the United States of America. (applause) The President: Thank you. Thank you very much to
Vice President Pence for that wonderful
introduction and for the great job you do. And I want thank Secretary
Acosta, Secretary Mnuchin, Acting Secretary Hargan,
and Administrator McMahon for joining us today. We’re all gathered
together for something, I believe, that’s going to
be very, very powerful for our nation and very good
for a lot of people. But before I begin, I
have a important update. Yesterday, the United
States government, working with the government of
Pakistan, secured the release of Caitlan
Coleman, Joshua Boyle, and their three children from
captivity from the Haqqani Network, a terrorist
organization with ties to the Taliban. The Pakistani government’s
cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America’s
wish that it do more to provide security
in the region. And I want to thank the
Pakistani government. We want to thank Pakistan. They worked very hard
on this, and I believe they’re starting to
respect the United States again. It’s very important. I think right now a lot of
countries are starting to respect the United States
of America once again. We hope to see this
type of cooperation and teamwork in helping secure
the release of remaining hostages and in our future joint counterterrorism operations. So with that, I want to
begin by saying it’s my pleasure to welcome so
many great small business and association leaders
to the White House as we prepare to make this truly
historic announcement. And that’s exactly
what it is. We’ve been hearing about
the disaster of Obamacare for so long — in my case,
many years, most of it outside in civilian life. And for a long period of
time since I’ve started running and since I became
President of the United States, I just keep
hearing “repeal and replace, repeal and
replace.” Well, we’re starting that process, and
we’re starting it in a very positive manner. And I can say, when you
get Rand Paul on your side, it has to be
positive, that I can tell you. (laughter) Boy. (applause) I was just saying as he’s
getting up and saying all these wonderful things
about what we’re going to be announcing, I said,
boy, that’s pretty unusual. I’m very impressed. (laughter) But seven years ago,
congressional Democrats broke the American
healthcare system by forcing the Obamacare
nightmare onto the American people. And it has been
a nightmare. You look at what’s
happening with the premiums and the increases
of 100 percent and 120 percent, and even in one
case, Alaska, over 200 percent. And now, every
congressional Democrat has blocked the effort to save
Americans from Obamacare, along with a very small,
frankly, handful of Republicans — three. And we’re going to take
care of that also because I believe we have the
votes to do block grants at a little bit later
time, and we’ll be able to do that. Premiums have gone
skyrocketing. But today, one-third
of all the counties in America have only a single
insurer selling coverage on an exchange, and next
year it looks like nearly half of all counties in
our country — think of that — all of the
counties, one half will have only one insurer. And many will have none. Many will have absolutely
created roadblocks for people to have any form
of the insurance we’re talking about. is why, in a few moments,
I will sign an executive order taking the first
steps to providing millions of Americans
with Obamacare relief. It directs the Department
of Health and Human Services, the Treasury,
and the Department of Labor to take action to
increase competition, increase choice, and
increase access to lower-priced, high-quality
healthcare options. And they will have
so many options. This will cost the
United States government virtually nothing, and
people will have great, great healthcare. And when I say people, I
mean by the millions and millions. we aim to allow more
small businesses to form associations to buy
affordable and competitive health insurance. This would open up
additional options for employers to purchase the
health plans their workers want. I’m also directing
Secretary Acosta to consider ways to expand
these associations and these healthcare plans
all across state lines. This will create
tremendous competition and transformative — in so
many ways — change aimed at creating more and lower
prices for millions of Americans. But the competition
will be staggering. Insurance companies will
be fighting to get every single person signed up,
and you will be hopefully negotiating, negotiating,
negotiating, and you’ll get such low prices
for such great care. Should have been done a
long time ago, and it could have been done
a long time ago. This will allow thousands
of small business employers to have the same
purchasing power as large employers to get more
affordable and generous insurance options
for their workers. Rich and Leslie Baudry
— where are they? Where are they? How are you? Nice to see you. Come on, get up here. Come on. How are you? Nice to see you, Leslie. They’re here today from
Louisiana — a great state. I just left. They had a little
hurricane damage, a little, sort of — they
got hit, Lake Charles. But we took good
care of it, right? Ms. Baundry: Absolutely. The President: We
took good care of it. They’re great people. They’re small business
owners, and they know personally the benefits of
association health plans, one of which used to
provide health insurance for their employees. But after Obamacare, they
were unable to afford their association plan. So they had a great thing,
their employees were happy, and then it ended
like so many more. I mean, this is
something I hear. Greg, you know exactly
what I’m talking about. Greg has been so
incredible on this subject. And people had plans that
worked, and then all of a sudden they were just
totally cut off. And it happened to
your company also. Rich and Leslie have said
that they would love, once again, to use an
association health plan, and there are millions of
Americans who want more affordable options
just like them. And now, with this
executive order, Americans will likely soon
have those options. We will be very happy to
provide them to you, and you will be very
happy, Rich. I think you’re going to
be extremely pleased. If you’re not, you can
tell them right now, okay? (laughter) Ms. Baundry: Thank
you so much. The President:
Thank you, Leslie. Appreciate it. Great to see you. Thank you very much. In addition, my
administration will explore how we can
expand something called short-term limited
duration insurance. These health insurance
policies are not subject to any very expansive
and expensive Obamacare coverage mandates
and rules. The cost of the Obamacare
has been so outrageous it is absolutely destroying
everything in its wake. They were so attractive
that, just last year, the previous administration
crippled the market in an effort to keep people
from fleeing the failing Obamacare plans. In fact, they prevented
these plans from lasting more than three months. They will take action to
fix that and to make these affordable, flexible
plans much more widely available. So we’re going to have a
very widely available plan that’s going to
cost much less. And from the standpoint
of the United States government, we will be
very happy, won’t we, Virginia? Representative Foxx: We
will, Mr. President. The President: So they’ll
get better and it will cost us nothing. That’s not too bad, right? (laughter) We need some more
answers like that. Finally, today’s
executive order instructs Secretaries Acosta,
Mnuchin, and Hargan to explore how they can allow
more businesses to use tax-free health
reimbursement arrangements or HRAs to compensate
their employees for their healthcare expenses. Currently, only about
one-third of small business employees receive
coverage at work, forcing millions of workers to
enroll in the exchanges or remain uninsured and to
pay the individual mandate penalty. Not good. Not good. That is one of the most
unpopular things I’ve ever seen in government,
I can tell you. This order takes first
steps to make it easier for businesses to help
their workers afford high-quality and more
flexible healthcare through reimbursement
accounts. With these actions, we are
moving toward lower costs and more options in the
healthcare market and taking crucial steps
towards saving the American people from the
nightmare of Obamacare. Today is only
the beginning. In the coming months, we
plan to take new measures to provide our people with
even more relief and more freedom. And, by the way, on
another subject, that will include massive tax cuts. We are going to get
massive tax cuts, and I believe even Senator Rand
Paul, and I know Virginia, Greg, I think
you’re with us. But the whole country is
looking for these massive tax cuts, and we
will get them. And we’re going to also
pressure Congress very strongly to finish the
repeal and the replace of Obamacare once
and for all. We will have great
healthcare in our country. Thank you all very much. Appreciate it. Thank you. Thank you very much. (applause) The Vice President: Mr.
President, you need to sign it. The President: Oh. (laughter) I’m only signing it
because it costs nothing. (laughter) Well, this is promoting
healthcare choice and competition all across
the United States. This is going to be
something that millions and millions of people
will be signing up for, and they’re going
to be very happy. This will be
great healthcare. So congratulations
to everybody. (applause) (The executive
order is signed.)

37 Replies to “President Trump Signs an Executive Order to Promote Healthcare Choice and Competition”

  1. CROSS THE LINES OF STATE AND MAKE US A COUNTY AS WE FIGHT FOR HEALTH

    join the business together as a health group
    join the groups that are now in operation Christians have health groups
    "join as a group" and as others reap the benefits

    I WANTED TO CROSS THE LINES OF STATE AND MAKE US A COUNTRY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    AS A WHOLE US NOT NC , OR VA ECT…
    THAT WOULD BRING CHANGE
    AND HATS OFF TO ""STATE HOSPITALS"" WOW THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE

    ONLY GOD CAN TAKE ANOTHER MAN'S FREEDOM
    WE THE PEOPLE
    NFL RIGHT TO ACTION TO KNEEL
    CHURCHES THE RIGHT OF ACTION NO BIRTH CONTROL
    BUSINESS THE RIGHT TO SAY NO I WANT BAKE A WEDDING CAKE ( NO A BIRTHDAY CAKE JUST THE WEDDING CAKE )
    IT IS ALL THE SAME !

    America is not my country Heaven is in the end
    I DON"T AGREE WITH THE KNEEL
    but I agree not to make an """action""" of FREEDOM to be taken it is WE THE PEOPLE
    Under one God indivisible

  2. So sorry that the President inherited this mess from years of """ beat down"" to many of our forgotten Americans!!!

    MR. PRESIDENT NOW IS A CHANCE TO LISTEN TO THE FORGOTTEN
    THE ONES WHO ARE ANGRY ARE BECOMING AN ARMY OF YOUR ENEMIES
    NOW IT THE TIME FOR CHANGE
    ADDRESS THOSE FORGOTTEN
    SIR, I HAVE THE SAME VALUES YOU DO ! BUT THEY ARE ANGRY AND FORGOTTEN
    PEACE …IF A PERSON WHO HAS PEACE PLEASES GOD !
    ADDRESS THE ANGRY THEY ARE AMERICANS WITHOUT A VOICE SO THEY FIGHT WITH VIOLENCE

    HERE ME NOT A PAT ON BACK BUT THEY ARE FALLING INTO YOUR ENEMY'S HANDS AND BEING REDIRECTED TO EVIL BY THOSE WHO REALLY HATE CONSTITUTION

  3. Short-term plans “draw in healthy people and spit them back into the marketplace when they’re sick.” they cover nothing.

  4. Trump is getting rid of things OBAMA did ILLEGALLY without senate approval! Even a judge said Obama could NOT do what he did, but as usually Obama ignored our constitution…

  5. What states will have none? What states have only one? Which one? Blue Cross and Blue Shield? Oh yeah, every body hates them. NOT. What health care? You have just said nothing!!

  6. Bet his approval ratings go through the roof with people Americans trust standing behind him like Senator Rand Paul.

  7. Awesome! Thank you president Trump and everyone else who facilitated this order. But how does this benefit individuals and contractors? These are the people who need access to these new "Insurance Associations" the most.

  8. Options is really what America is about, no? Standing, kneeling, more insurance and no requirements to buy or live by another's opinion. Sounds like freedom to me.

  9. Halalujah! That will kill Obamacare for sure ! As for your Trump HATERS, look up GALATIANS 4:11-16new testament of Bible!!!🇺🇸🔥🖕⚰🔩

  10. FUCKING REMOVE THE DAMN PENALTY FEE! I WILL BE EXECUTED IF I DON'T PAY IT & DON'T YALL PLAY DUMB LIKE Y'ALL DON'T KNOW WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT!😤😭

  11. WHY in God's sweet name, is FREAK ACOSTA STILL THERE!?
    DIDN'T THE ALIEN LOOKING SOB RESIGN?!

    I'M INSULTED.
    The ONE Latino TURNS out to be a PEDO DEFENDER!

    GET OUT, ACOSTA!
    NEVER WANT TO SEE YOU AGAIN.
    YOU MAKE ME SICK!
    CHILD HAREM SEX SUPPORTER!

  12. Old oct 12/ 17 has this been updated??????????????????????? don't let them fool you Packistan always turn on America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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