White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders talked about the executive order today during a briefing at the White House.
“Due to Congress failing to act, it’s no surprise to see that the president is going to try to take action to provide flexibility and relief to the many Americans who continue to suffer under Obamacare,” Sanders said, according to a briefing transcript. “I think it’s a positive step forward, and we’ll have more details going forward.”
A reporter at the briefing asked Sanders for details about the order.
“The goal is to, again, take action as much as we can, to help provide that flexibility and that relief,” Sanders said. “That’s what the president is going to do. He’s going to make an announcement on that later this week, and we’ll see that, again, by the end of Friday.”
Sanders said presidential action on the Affordable Care Act via executive order is justified.
“I think the American people demanded something people,” Sanders said. “They have elected a number of different people to Congress to deal specifically with this issue. You can see that reflected in the number of people that campaigned on that and later went on to win office.”
The White House posted a video recording of the hearing here.
Trump tweeted about the order this morning, through his realDonaldTrump account.
“Since Congress can’t get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people – FAST,” Trump tweeted.
In September, Trump said in a tweet that the order could include a provision that would let health plans sell coverage across state lines.
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