Expert: Executive order could disproportionately affect Louisianans

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President Trump's latest executive order is aimed at undoing key parts of the Affordable Care Act. The White House calls it a way to give Americans more choice and greater access to lower-priced plans. Yet, experts say not everyone will benefit.

"This is something millions and millions will be signing up for and they're going to be very happy. This will be great healthcare," said President Trump just before he signed the executive order.

It comes after multiple failed attempts from Congress to pass a healthcare reform bill. The executive order allows people to purchase insurance across state lines and aims to expand access to small business plans, for example. Plus, it looks to ease restrictions on some short-term policies.

"The president's trying to improve the ability of a family to cover themselves. That's a good thing," said Republican Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy (R).

Lawmakers like Cassidy are hailing the executive order as a victory.

"Folks are paying $40,000 a year for health insurance. You cannot afford that if you're a middle-class family," Cassidy said.

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