President Donald J. Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence has his back, as illustrated by an incident at the White House Thursday. After the president announced an executive order on health care, he attempted to make a speedy escape. Pence had to reel him back, however, since he’d neglected to sign the order.
As Congress proved ineffective in its efforts to overhaul ObamaCare, President Trump took executive action on the matter, calling for a plan that would let employers band together and offer coverage across state lines, according to the White House.
The order will offer “alternatives” to ObamaCare plans, and increase competition to bring down costs.
“The time has come to give Americans the freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines, which will create a truly competitive national marketplace that will bring costs way down and provide far better care,” Trump announced in his statement.
Following the announcement, the president turned to his left to greet and shake hands with the assembled lawmakers behind him. Then, he waved goodbye and headed for the door to make his exit.
Vice President Pence, meanwhile, was already in action, pulling the president back and reminding him he’d forgotten the most important thing: signing the executive order.
President Trump hurried to the wooden desk with the order, wearing a smile.
“I’m only signing it ’cause it costs nothing,” he joked before signing the bill.
Pence reminds Trump he has to sign executive order on healthcare before leaving the room pic.twitter.com/PshDyciOWx
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 12, 2017
The administration wants to implement the changes within six months, a senior administration official said.
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