Trump claims he is able to secure coverage of pre-existing conditions by Fiat


For more than twenty years we have been discussing how to protect people from the limitations of pre-existing conditions in health insurance. We finally got those protections when Congress passed and the President signed (and the Supreme Court upheld), the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.

So, after twenty years of national public policy debate and congressional and Presidential approval, how does Trump conclude that he can restore these protections if the Republican Supreme Court case overturns them, with a simple executive order?

Trump and the Republicans could not pass an alternative to Obamacare in 2017 when they controlled the White House and both Houses of Congress. But now can he just sign an executive order and that’s all right?

He has signed a number of executive orders related to health care, including drug pricing policy, and nearly all of them are related to the Byzantine federal regulatory process or have vanished.

This is just an election stunt in an attempt to persuade voters that Trump has health policy under control.

There are many governments around the world that operate on an executive basis. Ours is not one of them.

At least it wasn’t.

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