Foiled in Congress, Trump Signs Order to Undermine Obamacare

Mr. Trump directed three cabinet agencies to develop rules that would expand access to less expensive, less comprehensive insurance, including policies that could be sold by trade associations to their members and short-term medical coverage that could be offered by commercial insurers to individuals and families.

Many of the new insurance products could be exempt from requirements of the Affordable Care Act that Republicans say have contributed to sharp increases in premiums but that supporters say have created a baseline of care that has protected consumers from “junk insurance.”

Administration officials said they had not yet decided which federal and state rules would apply to the new products.

Mr. Trump’s order could eventually make it easier for small businesses to…

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