President Trump signs health care executive order

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s executive order on health care (all times local):

12 p.m.

President Donald Trump predicts “millions and millions of people” will benefit from his action to unwind the health care law.

He’s signed an executive order to make lower-premium plans more widely available.

But the changes Mr. Trump hopes to bring about could take months or even longer. That’s according to administration officials who outlined the order for reporters Thursday morning. The proposals may not be finalized in time to affect coverage for 2019, let alone next year.

White House domestic policy director Andrew Bremberg said that the president still believes Congress needs to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. The White House described the order as first steps.

The president signed the order in the White House’s Roosevelt Room surrounded by Vice President Mike Pence, members of his Cabinet and Congress.

Pres. Trump said the order will provide what he calls "Obamacare relief" for millions of Americans.

He said the health care system "will get better" with his action and will cost the federal government nothing.