The president has ordered the federal government to eliminate a law designed to give health insurance to millions of Americans.
Trump signed the order Friday morning in an order titled “Protecting Americans from Obstructionist Laws,” which says the government should repeal a law that prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.
It also says that the White House should “take steps to repeal or otherwise substantially modify” a law passed in 2015 to ensure people with pre or chronic conditions can get insurance.
The order says the repeal would begin on March 1, 2018.
The new order doesn’t specify a specific date.
The health care bill passed in March of that year would have protected people with preexisting conditions, but critics argued it wasn’t enough to help people with chronic conditions like asthma, and some were worried about the impact on premiums.
Supporters of the bill, including Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, said it was the best approach for Americans with chronic health conditions.