Rand Endorses Trump’s Pending Obamacare Executive Order

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Tuesday he believes President Donald Trump’s pending Obamacare executive order is “a great plan & a big deal for millions of Americans.”

“This will be a great plan & a big deal for millions of Americans. I’ve been working with for months on this. Details soon,” Paul tweeted Tuesday morning.

Trump has hinted that he will sign an executive order allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines.

The president has not elaborated on either the details of the plan or the timeline he has for enacting it.

The order is speculated to expand associated health plans. These plans, which include community groups, trade organizations and other entities, could be sold across state lines and would not have to cover all of Obamacare’s essential health benefits.

Paul was a key holdout in the latest GOP push to repeal and replace Obamacare, and has refused to support a number of other Republican-led attempt to reform health care in 2017. His preliminary backing of Trump’s potential executive order could be the beginning of a major shift in reform discussions going forward.

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