Lanhee Chen: A Step In The Right Direction On Health Care

So far this year, Republicans in Washington have been unable to fulfill their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. It’s been a source of great frustration to those around the country who have suffered under the weight of higher health insurance premiums, and fewer health care choices.

To help address these problems, President Trump signed an executive order that will, hopefully, increase access to lower-cost plans and expand choices for consumers across America. It would make it easier for employers—particularly small businesses—to band together to offer cheaper insurance. The order would also expand access to so-called “short-term” plans that offer fewer benefits for a limited duration of time, but at much lower cost.

Is the executive order the same as repealing and replacing Obamacare? Of course not. But could it have an impact for some Americans who have struggled under conditions created by Obamacare? Absolutely. Congress should continue to work with President Trump to deal with the challenges and problems created by Obamacare. The future health of our health care system depends on it.