Trump signs law giving him authority to sue over Obamacare
President Donald Trump signed into law Wednesday a sweeping overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, which he called the “worst law ever written.”
The legislation, titled the “Repeal and Replace Act,” takes aim at the ACA and several provisions that it created in the past, including the requirement that Americans buy insurance.
The legislation also aims to make it easier for people with preexisting conditions to keep their plans, expand access to preventive care, and protect the rights of those with pre-existing conditions.
It also requires that Americans obtain health insurance at least three months before they are expected to lose coverage, but allows people to remain on their plans until they pay the penalty.
“Repeal And Replace Act” is the latest effort to dismantle the ACA, which was passed in 2010 and took effect in 2013.
The Trump administration has been attempting to repeal parts of it since January, when it launched an aggressive push to do so, including an ambitious plan to eliminate a federal requirement that insurers cover preventive care and to make coverage more generous.
President Trump signed the legislation Wednesday afternoon in the Rose Garden, saying the legislation would be a “great day for the American people.”
“Repealing and replacing the disastrous ACA will make healthcare affordable and accessible to millions of Americans,” Trump said.
“This legislation will provide a new level of protection for our nation’s health care workers, and it will protect our nation from a future of skyrocketing health care costs.”
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for us to make real progress on repealing and replacing this terrible law,” Trump added.
“This legislation is a good start,” he said.
“A bill like this should be the beginning of a process of dismantling a bad law and restoring trust in the process,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters.
“The President signed the bill in the Oval Office, but it is not the law.
He is still working with Congress to get it to the floor,” Schumer said.
The Senate is expected to pass the bill by the end of the week.
Democrats had hoped to vote on the legislation during the recess, but Trump vetoed the legislation on Tuesday, saying that Republicans had not met their promise to repeal the law and that the bill would hurt the economy.
The bill was also expected to be a test of Trump’s ability to push through a health care package during his first term, with some lawmakers hoping that it would include some changes.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he expected the legislation to be voted on by the House and that Democrats were “trying to do what we can to make sure this bill is as good as possible.”
“The bill is the law, it’s what we passed,” McConnell said.
Republicans, who control the House of Representatives, could also try to vote to reverse a Democratic filibuster of the bill, though that could be complicated by the fact that the House has the ability to change the bill’s text and potentially change the Senate’s rules.
The measure also has the support of the Republican-led Senate, which has already approved the legislation, but the Senate has to act within two weeks of the House passing it.
“It’s a great day for America,” Schumer told reporters after the Senate voted.
“The House is going to pass it and I’m confident that it will be approved.”
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, of New York, speaks to members of the media after the vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act.AP/Matt RourkePresident Donald Trump is expected on Wednesday to sign the bill into law, making him the fifth president to sign a health bill since his election.
He will also sign several other pieces of legislation, including a bill on education, a bill to overhaul the tax code, a tax cut bill, a farm bill, and a budget.
The Trump administration also said Wednesday that it plans to issue new regulations to help keep costs down.
The Department of Health and Human Services has been working on new rules that would allow employers to offer more flexible schedules and pay workers more for the same work.
The administration also released a draft plan to help states that are in financial distress.
The plan would give states the ability, with the support from the Trump administration, to apply for federal funding to cover the cost of a public option.
Trump, who has vowed to take on Wall Street, will sign the legislation into law on Thursday.