Donald Trump vows to use executive order to destroy Obamacare

Obamacare repeal: Republicans reported to have privately admitted defeat

Several Republicans are reported to have privately admitted they might not be able to deliver on the vow to scrap it

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Donald Trump has wowed he will use executive powers to bypass Congress and secure his long-promised changes to the so-called 'Obamacare' Act.

Trump has long vowed to gut the Affordable Care Act, introduced under the Obama administration, which subsidises health insurance for lower-income individuals and expands the coverage of the free healthcare programme known as Medicaid.

After months of frustration, Trump has said he will “be using the power of the pen” to drive through his Obamacare reforms, "since Congress can’t get its act together”.

The news comes after it was reported that several members of the Republican Party were ready to throw in the towel on repealing Obamacare, having acknowledged they might not be able to deliver on the vow to scrap it. 

Phil Roe, a representative of Tennessee in the House of Congress, has publicly expressed his doubts, while his colleague Kevin Cramer gave the bill's repeal a "50-50" shot. 

Representatives of the Republicans party are said to be torn between their electorate's desire to see the healthcare system changed and frustration at the amount of time it is taking to overhaul the policy.

The White House and lawmakers in the Republican Party have promised publicly to attempt another repeal in 2018.