President Donald Trump teased a new executive order on Friday which will require health insurers to cover all pre existing conditions. The order is already established in the Affordable Care Act, which Trump’s administration is suing to dismantle.
“Over the next two weeks I’ll be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all preexisting conditions for all companies,” Trump said during a news conference at his Bedminster property in New Jersey. “That’s a big thing. I’ve always been very strongly in favor. We have to cover preexisting conditions.”
Trump claimed such a move “has never been done before,” though insurance companies are already required to cover patients with preexisting conditions under the Affordable Care Act, which was enacted in 2010.
In late June, the Justice Department argued that the entire Affordable Care Act should be invalidated. This would take away health insurance coverage from over 20 million Americans. The effect of such an order would be felt even more acutely due to the current pandemic across the nation which has infected over 5 million people.
Trump’s health care plan
Trump has, throughout his first term, promised to unveil a health care plan of his own, though has yet to do so while seeking reelection. In an interview late last month with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” Trump promised a comprehensive health care bill within two weeks. Two weeks later, he said it would likely be out within a month.