President Donald Trump unveiled his long-anticipated health care “plan” on Thursday, but it was comprised of only two toothless executive orders. Journalists and politicians alike were quick to point out that the pair of orders did not actually compromise a “plan” at all, as they were merely “requests for legislation.”
The first executive order declares protecting patients with pre-existing conditions to be the “policy” of the U.S. But protections for pre-existing conditions were previously enshrined into law through Obamacare, legislation which the Trump administration is currently pushing to overturn in court after failing to do so in Congress.
Along with the executive orders, Trump promised millions of seniors would receive $200 coupons toward the cost of prescription drugs. Trump claimed that the coupons would be sent to 33 million Medicare beneficiaries “in the coming weeks,” but the White House has not released any details about the president’s plan. It is unclear how it would actually be funded — or if it is even legal.Yahoo “Insult to every family”: Trump unveils “bogus” health care “plan” that doesn’t actually do anything