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Biden to signal orders to reverse Trump's Obamacare and Abortion insurance policies

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks out on combating climate change before signing executive measures in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on January 27, 2021.

Kevin Lamarque | Reuters

President Joe Biden will sign executive measures on Thursday aimed at expanding access to Obamacare during the coronavirus pandemic and withdrawing the anti-abortion measures expanded by former President Donald Trump.

The recent moves complement the president's more than three dozen other directives, and memoranda Biden signed in his first week in office are at a record pace.

Biden will be signing an executive order from mid-February to mid-May setting a special registration deadline for Healthcare.gov, the health insurance login page set up under former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

The ordinance also instructs federal agencies to review and possibly reverse policies restricting access to health care, including those that have made it difficult to enroll in Obamacare and Medicaid, the federal health insurance program.

Trump had tried unsuccessfully to repeal the law, Obama's legislative achievement, but had taken steps to undercut the law.

Biden will also sign an executive memorandum to immediately repeal so-called Mexico City policy, also known as the "global gag rule". This decade-long policy prohibits international nonprofits from receiving US funding for providing abortion counseling or referrals.

This policy was expanded under the Trump administration to refuse to support foreign non-governmental organizations that fund other groups that support abortion services.

Biden will sign the two executive actions at 1:30 p.m. in the Oval Office, according to his press schedule. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m.

In his first seven days in office, Biden has taken extensive steps to erase Trump's achievements. Biden signed orders for the US to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, to end the construction and financing of the border wall between the US and Mexico, to end the travel ban on people from several Muslim-majority countries, to include undocumented immigrants in the ten-year census and Lift the ban on transgender people who openly serve in the military.

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