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President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order on health care in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order on health care in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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The president made two major health care moves on Thursday.

First was an executive order that President Trump says will offer more choice for health care patients.

Then came the news that Trump's administration would end the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reduction payments. These are the subsidies provided to insurers that reduce premiums for lower-income Americans.

On Friday afternoon, the president dismissed the notion that his decision would make health care more expensive for consumers:

If you take a look at CSR payments, that money is going to insurance companies to prop up insurance companies. That money is going to insurance companies to lift of their stock price. And that's not I'm about. Take a look at who those insurance companies support. And I guarantee you one thing, it's not Donald Trump.

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Jon Kingsdale, an associate professor of the Practice at BU School of Public Health and a health strategy consultant. He was also the first director of the Massachusetts Health Connector.

This segment aired on October 13, 2017.

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