The Trump administration is working on a new healthcare plan that can act as an alternative to Medicare for all, which has been adopted in the platforms of several Democratic presidential candidates. The president and the administration are contemplating releasing their plan in September, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the White House is working on its own healthcare strategy, but President Trump has been touting a new plan for several months. However, Trump also suggested via Twitter in April that Republicans in Congress should postpone a proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act until after the 2020 election.
President Trump also recently drafted a number of executive actions that aim to boost transparency in the healthcare industry and lower overall costs by requiring hospitals to publish the list prices of services.
Trump’s more comprehensive healthcare plan will likely be revealed in a speech scheduled for September, the WSJ reported, though the timing could change. While details of the plan are scant, it reportedly offers coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and will allow the sale of insurance between states, the WSJ reported.
The reports come at a time when the ACA is facing a major legal battle after a federal judge found the healthcare unconstitutional in late 2018. Protection for people with pre-existing conditions is one of the most popular provisions of the ACA. The case is pending appeal. The Trump administration, which has backed the Republican-launched lawsuit to overturn the ACA, is also planning its healthcare reform in case the healthcare law is struck down.
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