Looking forward to the 2020 race, the president also name-dropped Sen. That will involve a complex give-and-take with hospitals and others industries affected.
The vision of future health care championed by some Democratic presidential platforms was not shared by the physicians who spoke to Newsmax. "We believe in giving patients. we believe in giving patients choice and freedom in health care".
He railed about the Affordable Care Act - which Republicans unsuccessfully tried to dismantle - in his remarks.
"Obamacare has been a disaster", Trump said in an interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. Perhaps the most popular of these is the pink "pussyhat" that became ubiquitous at women's marches in 2017 and came to symbolize a feminist rallying cry against Trump for his remarks about women.
He invoked President Obama's line about "keeping your doctor" when Obamacare passed and described it as a 'lie'.
The president has complained bitterly about McCain since.
Advocates for the executive order say that it will help patients understand potential costs for procedures so that they can make better decisions about their heath care, but critics say that that it will only create more red tape and may even end up driving up heath care costs as competition prices are revealed.
"Democrats in Congress support Bernie Sanders' socialist takedown of American health care", Trump said.
'No Americans should be blindsided by bills they never agreed to, ' he noted.
It would, for example, allow patients to compare costs of tests at different medical facilities.
But insurers said the idea could backfire, prompting hospitals that now give deeper discounts to try to raise their own negotiated prices to match what high-earners are getting.
In a dramatic shift, the order will also allow patients to use their Health Savings Accounts for Direct Primary Care in hopes of strengthening the relationship between the physician and their patients without disruptions from third-party actors or insurance companies. It led the administration to make it easier for consumers to buy short-term plans that last up to a year and for small businesses to join together to buy coverage, though that rule is now on hold pending the outcome of a lawsuit.
Trump signed the order surrounded by physicians from the Docs4PatientCare Foundation (D4PCF) in the Oval Office.
The second, signed in October 2017, directed officials to foster low-priced types of insurance allowed to skirt Obamacare's required benefits and consumer protections.