UPDATE: President Trump signs health care order

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Health care reform is a highlighted controversy between Democrats and Republicans. President Trump's new executive order on the matter will soon bring changes to the current state of American health care.

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"This will cost the United States nothing and people will have great, great health care," said President Trump, during a signing ceremony Thursday morning. The new order comes after multiple attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act failed in Congress.

"it simply removes government regulation from the free market and will allow people to create group health associations which previously have been reserved generally speaking along job lines, along employment lines," said Brian Westrate, Republican Chairman of Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District.

The Trump administration says this has always been part of the plan.
"Regulatory relief, through the Executive Branch of the government, which is what this is. This is phase two. This is sort of the deregulation and the right sizing of the regulations of health care. Its always been the plan, all along because again we think the Obama administration went too far on the regulatory front," said U.S. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.

Republicans say the new order will also allow insurance across state lines, a regulation that's been in place since before the Obama administration. Democrats also reacted to the president's order. House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi criticized the president's actions.
"it is a sabotage of the Affordable Care Act and quite frankly a real disservice to the American people, many of whom voted for him," she said.

Others saying this is a step in the wrong direction for American health care. "I think what the president signed today is the ability of the people to sign up for much cheaper plans that don't cover anything. People will literally be paying to be under-insured again and that's the way it was in the past when we had uninsured rates going up, health care expenses exploding, especially those who need certain health care treatments in their life," said Democrat Representative of Wisconsin's 3rd District, Ron Kind.

The White House says President Trump will continue to pressure Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The president says this executive order is his way of protecting the American health care system in the meantime.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that aims to make lower-premium health care plans available to more Americans.

The president says the order will provide what he calls "Obamacare relief" for millions of Americans.

Trump is relying on the executive order because the Republican-controlled Congress has been unable to pass a plan to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law.

Trump says the health care system "will get better" with his action, and the action will cost the federal government nothing.

The president says he still wants Congress repeal and replace the Obama health care law. But his says his order will give people more competition, more choices and lower premiums.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has made no secret he's frustrated with the failure of Congress to repeal and replace "Obamacare."

Now Trump will try to put his own stamp on health care with an executive order that aims to make lower-premium insurance plans available to more consumers. He will unveil his plan Thursday.

Administration officials say it will let groups and associations sponsor coverage that can be marketed across the land, reflecting Trump's longstanding belief that interstate competition will lead to lower premiums.

Trump's move is likely to encounter opposition from medical associations, consumer groups and even insurers -- the same coalition that has blocked congressional Republicans. They say it would raise costs for the sick, while the lower-premium coverage for healthy people would come with significant gaps.

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