US President Donald Trump on Thursday signed two executive orders related to healthcare for Americans that one law school professor says may have scant impact, as reported in the Financial Post.
Trump signed the twin orders implementing his "America First Healthcare Plan," saying that "under my plan 33 million Medicare beneficiaries will soon receive a card in the mail containing $200 that they can use to help pay for prescription drugs."
One of the executive orders is aimed at ensuring Americans with pre-existing conditions retain healthcare coverage, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said.
Azar also said Trump was directing him via the second executive order to work with Congress to pass legislation banning surprise healthcare bills by the beginning of next year, and explore executive action if the legislative bid fails.
The Trump administration also set out new rules allowing US states and territories to import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada.
Nicholas Bagley, a professor at University of Michigan's law school, said "unless there's a law that prohibits the conduct in question, or unless the president is exercising a power that's been delegated to him by Congress, his statements have no more legal weight than a tweet."
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