The new president signed an executive order Thursday that calls for the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and would roll back federal Medicaid funding.
The order also would undo rules for states that have implemented health care reforms to expand coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, as well as the requirement that insurers cover people with preexisting conditions.
While many Republicans are wary of the sweeping executive order, Trump and his allies in Congress have vowed to pursue a repeal of the law and replace it with their own alternative.
Trump’s order signed Thursday afternoon does not take effect until January 20, and the Senate has not yet voted on the legislation.
Senate Republicans are seeking to pass the measure with the help of a bipartisan group of senators from both parties.
The new order directs the secretaries of health and human services, treasury, homeland security, and labor to report to the president on plans to repeal the law.
As part of the executive order Trump also directed the secretaries to provide the American people with a timeline for repealing and replacing the law, and to submit recommendations on the structure of the replacement.
“We must take action to end the disastrous effects of the ACA, to make our health care system better for Americans, and end the waste, fraud, and abuse that have plagued our nation,” Trump said.
President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., October 4, 2021.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks at a news conference in Washington D.C., U.K., October 11, 2021, on the bill to repeal President Donald Trump’s health care law.
The House passed a bill to roll back the ACA earlier this month.
On the Senate floor, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called the executive action “a monumental betrayal of American families, the American economy, and taxpayers.”
Trump is expected to sign the order at the Department of Health and Human Services headquarters in Washington.