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How big an effect Trump's healthcare order will have may not be known for months

 (Associated Press)
(Associated Press)

In announcing his new executive order on healthcare, President Trump said that it would "increase choice and increase access to lower-priced, high-quality healthcare options" for "millions of Americans."

Critics of the order warned that it could endanger care for millions of other Americans with existing health problems such as cancer, heart disease or diabetes.

But healthcare experts said Thursday that the effect of the order -- for good or bad -- won't be fully known for months, at the earliest. That's because the order set out broad policies and directed three federal agencies -- the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury -- to come up with the detailed plans.

"It's remarkable how truly vague the executive order is, with words like 'consider' and 'potentially,'" tweeted Larry Levitt, senior vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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