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New Trump health-care ‘vision’ is largely aspirational but promises $200 drug discount cards to Medicare enrollees

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New Trump health-care ‘vision’ is largely aspirational but promises $200 drug discount cards to Medicare enrollees

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Executive order envisions tapping billions of dollars in savings that don’t yet exist to fund the co-pay discount cards, the Boston Globe Media health and medicine news operation STAT reports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — More than 3½ years into his presidency and 40 days from an election, President Donald Trump on Thursday launched what aides termed a “vision” for health care that appeared largely aspirational but that also promised to mail out $200 drug discount cards to Medicare recipients — which critics immediately derided as an attempt to buy votes on Nov. 3, as polls show persuadable seniors breaking in Democrat Joe Biden’s direction.

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Boasted Trump of the Thursday announcement: “It is affirmed, signed and done, so we can put that to rest.”

He signed an executive order on a range of issues, including protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions from insurance discrimination. That right is guaranteed in the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era health law that his administration is asking the Supreme Court to overturn.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi observed that Trump’s “bogus executive order on pre-existing […]

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