During the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump promised to rip up the legacy of Barack Obama’s eight years in office. And while Obama’s legacy is proving more resilient than Trump expected, the hatred-filled president has taken symbolic stands against many of Obama’s biggest policy achievements, especially Obamacare.
On Thursday Trump hailed an executive order aimed at taking action on ObamaCare on his own after Congress failed to repeal the law. And for the second time this year, the erratic president tried to leave an executive order signing ceremony before he actually signed the order.
After finishing his remarks on how his executive order would weaken key insurance regulations of the Affordable Care Act, Trump started shaking hands with people in the room and started walking definitively toward the exit.
At that point, Vice President Mike Pence had to walk over to him, tap him on the arm, and remind him that he still needed to sign the executive order. (Watch the video below).
Following the ceremony, experts warned that the order could undermine the stability of ObamaCare markets by opening up skimpier, cheaper plans that would divert healthy people away from ObamaCare plans.
“This executive order is good for healthy people (while they’re healthy) and bad for sick people,” Larry Levitt, a health care policy expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation, wrote on Twitter. “Only question is the extent of the effect.”
Democrats have already been crying foul about administration cutbacks to outreach about the coming ObamaCare enrollment period, which begins Nov. 1, including a 90 percent cut to the advertising budget.
“Having failed to repeal the law in Congress, the president is sabotaging the system, using a wrecking ball to singlehandedly rip apart our health care system,” Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) said in a statement.
“If the system deteriorates, make no mistake about it, the blame will fall squarely on the president’s back,” he added.