Donald Trump boasted on Monday that he did better than Obamacare when he signed an executive order obliging hospitals to disclose their prices to patients.
& # 39; It really is the opposite of Obamacare in the true sense. You get much better prices, the doctor you want and maybe you get better than the doctor you originally thought of. It's unbelievable, & the president said about his order.
The executive order signed by Trump orders the Ministry of Health and Human Services to develop a rule that requires hospitals to disclose prices that reflect what insurers and patients pay for common items and services.
& # 39; This is really a big promotion. People have no idea how big it is, & Trump boasted. & # 39; Some people say larger than healthcare itself. & # 39;
Donald Trump boasted that he did better than Obamacare when he signed an executive order obliging hospitals to disclose their prices to the patient
President Obama signs the law on affordable health care in 2010 into the law
The president has been looking for ways to fight healthcare democrats – an issue they've had since President Obama adopted his affordable healthcare law in 2010 with the help of a democratic congress.
It is a matter that Trump considers important in the 2020 election, as Democrats claim that they largely won the House in 2018 thanks to the care problem.
& # 39; We're going to have a plan. That depends on winning the House, the Senate and the presidency, which hopefully all three win. We will have phenomenal health care, & T 39 told ABC News in an interview broadcast last Sunday.
And he presented that plan on Monday in the Grand Foyer of the Old Executive Office Building, surrounded by patients, medical staff and health officials in his administration.
& # 39; We are fundamentally changing the nature of the healthcare marketplace, & # 39; said Trump. & # 39; This is greater than anything we have done in this specific area. & # 39;
But hospitals and insurance companies argued that if they had to share their secret price negotiations, this would destroy competition between healthcare institutions and insurers – a move that would drive up prices.
However, Trump argued: & # 39; healthcare costs will go far. & # 39;
He scolded the Affordable Care Act – which the republicans tried unsuccessfully to dismantle – in his comments.
& # 39; Obamacare is not working, but it is now working at least sufficiently, & # 39; he said about the implementation under his administration.
He called on President Obama & # 39; s statement about & # 39; keeping your doctor & # 39; when Obamacare passed by and described it as a & # 39; lie & # 39 ;.
Trump often tears against the iconic & # 39; thumbs down & # 39; vote of the deceased senator John McCain in July 2017. This ended Republican hopes for dismantling Obama's health care legislation.
The president has since complained bitterly about McCain.
But on Monday he emphasized what his order will do to help the middle class.
& # 39; There will be a few rich people who are not too happy about this, but people will be happy with it, & # 39; said Trump.
& # 39; We will empower patients with what they need to look for the lowest costs and care of the highest quality. & # 39;
& # 39; No American should be blinded by accounts they have never agreed to, & # 39; he remarked.
Trump argued that his order reduces health care costs, but hospitals and insurers claim they will rise
The idea behind Trump & # 39; s order is to give patients practical information that they can use to save money.
It would, for example, allow patients to compare the testing costs of different medical facilities.
But insurers promised that the idea is counterproductive and see that facilities raise their prices to compete with the highest instead of the lowest.
The Trump order also requires that patients be told in advance what their own costs such as deductible amounts and copays will be for many procedures.
Consumers will not see much change. The order controls the regulatory process in the appropriate federal agencies, which could take months or years.
The order is the third one signed by the President with regard to health care since he took office.
The first hours spent after Trump had taken the oath of office instructed agencies to look for ways to reduce prescriptions written under the Affordable Care Act.
The second, signed in October 2017, sent officials to inexpensive forms of insurance that were allowed to bypass the required benefits and consumer protection of Obamacare.
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