US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aiming to “ease the burden of Obamacare” which covers some 20 million Americans.
Within hours of taking the oath of office, Trump fulfilled one of his most impassioned promises he had made during his presidential campaign.
The president signed the order in front of reporters at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office on Friday night.
His chief of staff Reince Priebus described the order as aimed at “minimizing the economic burden” of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, “pending repeal.”
Until lawmakers are able to repeal Obamacare, “it is imperative for the executive branch to… take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market,” the executive order said.
Though the order did not direct any specific actions, it gave authority to the…