US President Donald Trump shows an executive order which he just signed on health insurance on October 12, 2017 in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)
US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that he claims will bring affordable health insurance to millions, taking his first concrete step in dismantling Obamacare.
The executive order would give "millions of Americans with Obamacare relief," Trump said on Thursday.
The order, which tasks the administration with developing policies to increase health care quality and lower prices, is aimed at letting small businesses band together across the country to buy cheaper, less regulated health plans for their employees.
The new plan would "cost the United States government virtually nothing and people will have great great health care. And when I say people, I mean by the millions and millions," Trump said.
Trump resorted to using presidential powers to dismantle Obamacare after fellow Republicans in Congress had failed to repeal the 2010 law.
During the last year election campaign, Trump promised to dismantle  Obamacare, former President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement.
Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader,  accused Trump of using the executive order as a wrecking ball to single-highhandedly tear down and sabotage Obamacare after he failed to repeal the law in Congress.
"Having failed to repeal the #ACA in Congress, @POTUS is using a wrecking ball to singlehandedly rip apart & sabotage our healthcare system," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, tweeted.
Trump's efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act failed after analyses of the GOP replacement plans showed the number of Americans without insurance would increase by more than 20 million people, as compared to current law.

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