President Donald Trump on Thursday signed executive orders touted as protecting people with pre-existing conditions and in response to unexpected medical bills. That action came while he was giving a speech on health care in Swing State of North Carolina.
Trump also touched on issues like drug prices and the rise in telehealth during the coronavirus crisis when he drafted a new "America First" health plan.
"We offer a healthier, safer, better and more prosperous future to every citizen in our great country because we proudly put America first," he said in his address in Charlotte, NC.
Analysts said the executive orders are unlikely to have any practical impact and have more to do with winning re-election.
“We believe the orders are aimed at strengthening the president's health care
Message ahead of the November 3rd election and will not have a significant impact on vendors, doctors or insurers, although the groups may publicly oppose the orders, "Height Capital Markets analysts said in a note Thursday ahead of the president's speech, which started around 5 p.m. Easter time.
The president is tracking Democratic challenger Joe Biden "in polls where the candidate best addresses health care. So he's scheduled a photo op today in North Carolina to address the issue," said Greg Valliere, chief strategist at AGF Investments a note.
Trump has made repeated efforts to address concerns of Americans with pre-existing conditions who are covered by Obamacare health insurance, fearing that these protections will go away due to the Trump administration's legal push to remove Obamacare.
"The President states that it is the policy of the United States to take protective measures to ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions are protected, regardless of whether the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and its protection is invalid for pre-existing conditions "Health and the secretary for human services, Alex Azar, told reporters on a conference call ahead of the Charlotte event.
However, a University of Michigan law professor Nicholas Bagley tweeted that an executive order addressed to private parties would have no more legal weight than a press release unless Trump was "exercising a power specifically delegated to him."
Trump previously discussed his recent executive orders on drug pricing, but analysts have dismissed them as "largely campaign fodder, as each has restrictions or caveats and is subject to further action."
His speech in North Carolina comes after he failed to commit to a peaceful transfer of power on Wednesday if he lost the White House race. A White House spokeswoman said Thursday that Trump would "accept the results of a free and fair election" as his stance caused concern across the political spectrum.
Before his trip to Charlotte, Trump was booed and chanted "Vote him out!" visiting the coffin of the late Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC on Thursday morning. Trump proposed on Wednesday that the Supreme Court must rule the November election so that a new judiciary for the Supreme Court should be confirmed before election day.
After a speech in North Carolina, the president of Swing State Florida is expected to give a campaign speech in which he makes a comment around 7 p.m. Eastern Thursday in Jacksonville. On Friday at 10 o'clock he was supposed to take part in a "Latinos for Trump" event in Miami.
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