Trump Tweets: 'I Will Be Using Power of the Pen to Give Great HealthCare to Many People'

By Susan Jones | October 10, 2017 | 7:09 AM EDT


( - "Since Congress can't get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare to many people - FAST," President Donald Trump tweeted early Tuesday morning.

Acting alone, the president can change or implement various Obamacare regulations, but only Congress can repeal the law or replace it.

Trump has indicated he plans to sign an executive order that would let individuals band together to buy insurance as small groups, across state lines. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been pushing such a plan to increase competition and bring premiums down.

Over the weekend, the president hinted that he might be open to working with Democrats: "I called Chuck Schumer yesterday to see if the Dems want to do a great HealthCare Bill. ObamaCare is badly broken, big premiums. Who knows!" Trump tweeted on Saturday.

Schumer has said that Democrats will work with Trump, but only if he wants to "fix" Obamacare.

Congressional Republicans, who promised to repeal and replace Obamacare for years before Trump was elected, have failed several times to pass a bill that would do what they said they would do.

In three other tweets on Tuesday morning, Trump wrote:

"Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!"

"The problem with agreeing to a policy on immigration is that the Democrats don't want secure borders, they don't care about safety for U.S.A."

"With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have 'tanked,' in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!"

The latter tweet about Jemele Hill refers to the ESPN sports anchor who's been suspended for two weeks for violating ESPN's social media policy.

Her most recent transgression was to call for an NFL boycott, after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told players they will be benched if they "disrespect" the American flag.

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