Trump chips away at Obamacare with executive order

Thursday, October 12, 2017

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WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Donald Trump fired his latest salvo against Barack Obama's signature health care reforms Thursday, making it easier for insurers to sell low-cost plans critics say would also provide less quality coverage.

After failing to repeal the reforms outright, Trump issued an executive order that would strip back some restrictions on the coverage insurers can offer.

Trump said the measure would "increase competition, increase choice" and would impact millions.

"This will cost the United States government virtually nothing, and people will have great, great health care. And when I say people, I mean by the millions and millions," he said.

Democrats said the move amounted to "sabotaging the system" by creating a race to the bottom.

"If the system deteriorates, make no mistake about it, the blame will fall squarely on the president's back," Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

While Obamacare brought millions more Americans health care coverage, Republicans argue it represents government meddling in the market.

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