President Donald Trump said that he is intending to pursue an executive order to require health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all customers.
“Over the next two weeks I’ll be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all customers,” Trump said at a news conference at his golf property in Bedminster, New Jersey. “That’s a big thing. I’ve always been very in strongly in favor—we have to cover pre-existing conditions.”
“This has never been done before but it’s time that people of our country are properly represented and properly taken care of.”
The president provided no further details about his plan, including whether or how his executive order may be different from that which was required under the Afforable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Under the law passed under former President Barack Obama’s administration, health insurance companies can’t refuse to cover people or charge people more just because they have pre-existing conditions. It is one of the most popular aspects of the law. However, the rule does not apply to “grandfathered” individual health insurance policies, which refer to those that were purchased on or before March 23, 2010.
The Trump administration in June asked the Supreme Court to terminate Obamacare. A day later, he criticized Obamacare in a Twitter post, saying that the “Deductible is far too high and the overall cost is ridiculous.”
The request to the Supreme Court came after two federal courts ruled that Obamacare’s individual mandate—an unpopular part of the health-care law requiring people who didn’t have health insurance to pay a fine—had violated the U.S. Constitution. The Trump administration argued that the mandate is not separate from the rest of Obamacare.
The Trump administration and Republicans have taken steps to weaken Obamacare in an effort to ultimately repeal and r
eplace the entire law with more lower-cost options. They say the Obamacare represented government overreach and increased the cost of health care.
“Obamacare is a disaster, but we’ve run it very well,” Tru…