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Trump outlines healthcare plan, ensures coverage for pre-existing conditions

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Trump outlines healthcare plan, ensures coverage for pre-existing conditions

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a series of executive orders as part of a healthcare system he dubbed the America First Healthcare plan. Photo by Erin Scott/UPI | Sept. 24 (UPI) — President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a series of executive orders to ensure medical protections for people with pre-existing conditions, prevent surprise medical bills and guarantee price transparency.

Trump signed the orders during a trip to North Carolina as he “laid out his vision” for a healthcare system he called the America First Healthcare Plan, which he said would focus on providing increased choice, lower costs and improved care.

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“We will ensure the highest standard of care anywhere in the world: cutting-edge treatments, state-of-the-art medicine, groundbreaking cures and true health security for you and your loved ones,” he said.

During a call with reporters ahead of the announcement, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said one of the executive orders would declare it the policy of the United States to “provide protections to ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions regardless of whether the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and its protections for pre-existing conditions invalidated.”

He also said the order would direct HHS to work with Congress to pass […]

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