Trump Aims to Steer People to Junk Health Plans

Trump Aims to Steer People to Junk Health Plans
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The Trump White House has been busy separating migrant families and plotting the demise of Roe v. Wade in recent weeks, but don't worry: They haven't forgotten about their quest to make it harder for Americans to obtain adequate health insurance.

Since Republican campaigns to kill Obamacare failed in Congress last year, the Trump administration has been taking every opportunity to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. Last fall President Trump signed an executive order expanding access to association health plans and short-term limited-duration insurance. Administration officials tout these plans as more affordable, but they're cheaper because they don't have to meet the ACA's requirements for decent health plans, like including maternity care and prescription drug coverage, and charging the same rate for people with preexisting conditions. Compared to the congressional fight, this boring bureaucratic maneuver received little attention, though it could still destroy Obamacare.

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