Understanding the Trump Executive Order

October 12, 2017

On October 12, President Trump issued a new executive order aimed at changing the rules for health insurance.

The Executive Order would allow insurance companies to sell cheap, junk insurance, luring healthy customers out of comprehensive plans protected by ACA safeguards and driving up health insurance costs for everybody who isn’t in perfect health.

The order directs federal agencies to consider ways for more people to buy health insurance plans that are exempt from many of the protections of the Affordable Care Act – such as the requirement that health plans cover a package of “essential health benefits” including maternity care and mental health treatment and the prohibition against charging people different premiums based on their health status.

Experts agree that the impact of these changes would be to set up a two-tier health insurance system: One system where very healthy people could buy cheap insurance that would leave them vulnerable if their health suddenly changed. And another system where the rest of us would face skyrocketing prices.

Today’s Executive Order is just the latest in a series of efforts by the Trump Administration to work around Congress’ failure to dismantle our health care system. Already, Americans will face a deliberately shortened enrollment period, making it harder for those who need to buy insurance for next year to do so.

The proposals in this newest Executive Order are not yet law. We will let you know when you can help us stop them from taking effect.

We need as many people as possible to help us continue to protect health care from proposals like this one. Can you help by getting 5 or more friends to join our movement by signing our Keep Our Care petition?

You can share the following message through e-mail or social media:

Help me protect health care from ongoing attacks. Sign the Keep Our Care petition at https://missourihealthcareforall.org/keep-our-care/

Want even more detail about the Executive Order? Check out these sources:

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities

Families USA

Kaiser Health News

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