NEW: Trump Plans to Sign Executive Order to Allow Americans to Purchase Health Insurance Across State Lines

After yet another apparently failed attempt to repeal (or at least overhaul) Obamacare, President Donald Trump appears to be preparing an executive order that will at least fulfill some of the GOP’s promises to alleviate the health care burden on Americans. The order would allow people to purchase health plans across state lines, a move that would make the marketplace much more competitive.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul first mentioned the action during a TV appearance Wednesday morning, saying Trump was considering taking matters into his own hands.

“I think there’s going to be big news from the White House in the next week or two, something they can do on their own,” Paul told MSNBC, adding that Trump “can legalize on his own the ability of individuals to join a group or a health association across state lines and buy insurance.”

For his part, the president told reporters in his inimitable way that he is working on a “very major” action that will make it possible for Americans “to go out across state lines, do lots of things, and buy their own healthcare.”

One Senate Republican source says that the executive order will be complete within the next few weeks, and a White House spokesman confirmed that the Trump administration is “considering several actions to provide flexibility and relief to the many Americans who continue to suffer under Obamacare.”

How much the move will help obviously remains to be seen, but it’s nice to see that someone in Washington is taking seriously the GOP’s promise to make healthcare more affordable and less of a burden.

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