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Experts Say Trump Order Could Upend Health Care System

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    Trump Signs Executive Order Re-Working Parts of Health Care

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, seeking to expand insurance coverage across state lines through so-called association health plans. Those health plans will not exclude workers or charge more to those in poorer health, according to the White House. (Published Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017)

    With Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare stalled, President Donald Trump issued a new executive order on Thursday that could undermine the law without Congress.

    Experts say it has the potential to upend the current health care system for small businesses and individuals by opening up cheaper options for some customers, while spiking costs for others and encouraging more insurers to flee Obamacare’s exchanges.

    Healthier customers, especially those making too much to qualify for subsidies, could abandon the exchanges for skimpier association plans, prompting insurers to hike premiums for the remaining sicker pool of customers.

    Insurers and their customers won’t know the full effect of the executive order any time soon. It will likely take months, perhaps even a year or more, for agencies to examine the issues, propose new rules and then finalize them.

    Hong Kong Leader Says No Compromise as Violence Escalates

    [NATL] Hong Kong Leader Says No Compromise as Protest Violence Escalates

    Hong Kong’s government is refusing to compromise after one pro-democracy protester was shot and another set on fire in a rare weekday protest. The five-month protest has seen a steady rise in violence, with both pro-democracy protesters and the Hong Kong government refusing to give ground.

    (Published Monday, Nov. 11, 2019)