Given that Donald Trump is issuing executive orders that endanger Social Security and Medicare and usurp Congressional appropriations authority, we should perhaps be happy if Il Duce could be tricked into signing executive orders that simply restate existing law:
Over the next two weeks, I’ll be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all customers. That’s a big thing. I’ve always been very strongly in favor — we have to cover pre-existing conditions. So we will be pursuing a major executive order, requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all of its customers.
This has never been done before, but it’s time the people of our country are properly represented and properly taken care of [Donald Trump, remarks at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, NJ, 2020.08.07].
Never been done before? It’s been done for ten years, by the Affordable Care Act, signed by President Barack Obama. That protection is currently under threat from Trump’s own attacks in the Supreme Court:
…insurance companies are already required to cover patients with pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, which Trump has consistently attempted to dismantle during his time in office.
“Under current law, health insurance companies can’t refuse to cover you or charge you more just because you have a ‘pre-existing condition,'” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website states. “That is, a health problem you had before the date that new health coverage starts.”
The rule applies to all health insurance plans bought after March 23, 2010.
…In June, the Trump administration urged the Supreme Court to repeal the act, as millions have lost their health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The court will make a ruling in the fall [Jason Lalljee, “Trump Weighing Executive Order to Force Insurers to Cover Pre-Existing Conditions, Something Obamacare Does,” USA Today, 2020.08.08].
And of course, President Obama would remind us that, to make that wonder or any other major health care reform, happen, Presidents have to go through Congress:
It’s dubious that any president could enact such protections through an executive order, or Obama would never have needed to go to Congress to get his health law passed. Likewise, President Bill Clinton could have simply used a presidential decree to enact his health plan, or major parts of it, after it failed to get through Congress [Hope Yen, “AP Fact Check: Trump’s Smoke and Mirrors on Executive Orders,” AP via Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2020.08.10].
Next up: Trump will order that elderly Americans receive monthly subsidies, that the federal government pay for senior citizens’ medical bills, that every worker be guaranteed a minimum wage, and that the Census Bureau count every person living in the United States.