President Trump has been secretly working with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on an executive order that will help erase Obamacare and make healthcare more affordable. This comes after the Republican held senate failed to pass an Obamacare repeal and replace plan. Rand Paul was one of the senators that refused to vote for the repeal. And he has been at odds with the president since the GOP presidential primaries when they publicly feuded. So it’s a bit surprising that they are working together but it appears to be a step in the right direction.
The Hill explains:
“But Trump is expected to sign an order as early as this week allowing community organizations, trade associations and other groups to band together to purchase insurance, which could be bought across state lines and would not be subject to the same rules as ObamaCare plans.
“Paul has been advocating for such an order, telling MSNBC in an interview late last month that it is something that would allow Trump to take at least some action on health care as reform efforts flounder in Congress.
“’I think it’s bigger than Graham-Cassidy, it’s bigger than any reform we’ve even talked about to date, but hasn’t gotten enough attention,’ Paul said at the time.”
Senator Paul indicated on Twitter that they have been working together on a free market solution to healthcare:
“This will be a great plan & a big deal for millions of Americans. I’ve been working with @realDonaldTrump for months on this,” Paul Tweeted. “Details soon!”
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) October 10, 2017
And President Trump said yesterday that the executive order would be coming soon:
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
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
But any executive order would not have the power of legislation. A future president could simply cancel the order with another order, making gains in healthcare temporary. So at best this will not be long-term solution to combating the constraints of Obamacare.