Donald Trump’s Executive Order on Healthcare is as Legally Enforceable as a ‘Campaign Slogan’

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Donald Trump is signing an executive order today that will declare that its the policy of the U.S. to “provide protections to ensure that Americans with preexisting conditions are protected regardless of whether the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and its protections for preexisting conditions invalidated.”

He also will sign an executive order to stop surprise billing… only it does nothing but tells congress to stop surprise billing.

Mission accomplished, right? Well, no. Executive orders are not actually enforceable.

According to CNBC, Nicholas Bagley, a University of Michigan law professor, said unless “Congress has adopted a law prohibiting discrimination against the sick, or President Trump is exercising authority that Congress has delegated to him, his executive orders don’t have legal effect.”

“They have no more legal weight than a campaign slogan — and that’s all this executive order is,” he said.

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“The president’s announcement is straight out of the Twilight Zone,” said Maura Calsyn, managing director of health policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. “For years, he has promised to end the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the law that guarantees that 135 million people with preexisting conditions cannot be denied coverage or charged more based on their health history.”
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