Washington, 25 September 2020 (dpa/MIA) – US President Donald Trump on Thursday presented the first outlines of his plans for healthcare reform, which he has been talking about for months.
However, he provided hardly any details on how they might be implemented.
A central question in American healthcare debates is whether it would be possible to obtain health insurance even with pre-existing conditions.
This became law with Trump‘s predecessor Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms. However, Trump‘s government, is trying to overturn the entire “Obamacare” reforms package and if so, protections for people with pre-existing illnesses would be affected.
After the death of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, such an outcome has become much more likely.
Trump has now signed an executive order declaring guarantees for people with pre-existing conditions to be government policy. It remained unclear, however, how exactly this would affect everyday life after a potential end to “Obamacare”.
Trump said that he would not sign any laws that did not contain guarantees for people with pre-existing conditions.
The president has described the protection of patients with pre-existing conditions in Obama’s healthcare reform as insufficient. Trump‘s opponent, Joe Biden, who was Obama’s vice president, stands by the policies.
Trump also announced that in the coming weeks, 33 million people insured under the state Medicare programme will receive cards in the mail with 200 dollars each to pay for prescription drugs. Medicare is used primarily by senior citizens.