By steady, respectful persuasion and integrity, Paul, with others, has shown the president how to use his authority to improve healthcare.
Donald Trump’s executive order yesterday to improve healthcare was in part due to the diligent work of Rand Paul. Unlike other people who use libertarianism as an excuse to undermine President Trump, Rand Paul has been respectful and as supportive as he could be of Trump while not hiding or compromising his principles. I’m sure there were times when he annoyed the President, but I also think Trump recognized his integrity. Which may be why he listened to this plan and signed this executive order.
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The executive order directs the Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury departments to re-examine regulations governing association health plans that can be sold across state lines. Such association health plans are exempt from some of the coverage requirements that drive up the cost of health care, making them potentially attractive to healthier customers who now are forced to pay higher premiums for more comprehensive insurance.
“Seven years ago, congressional Democrats broke the American health care system by forcing the Obamacare nightmare on to the American people,” Trump said during a signing ceremony at the White House. “It has been a nightmare.”
The executive order would also expand short-term, limited-duration health insurance plans that do not have to fully comply with Obamacare regulations. Moreover, the president directed the agencies to explore how to expand the use of tax-free health reimbursement arrangements.
The Club for Growth and a number of Republican members of Congress praised the president’s action. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has long championed the idea of letting different groups form nationwide health associations that could give them the same purchasing power as large companies, appeared with the president on Thursday.
“President Trump is doing what I believe is the biggest free market reform of health care in a generation,” he said.
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