If you were to listen to everything Donald Trump had to say, you would believe Obamacare was spiraling down into a fiery pit of hell and destruction. However, that really isn’t the case after the latest numbers revealed enrollment for Obamacare plans is still going strong.
With only two weeks left to go, enrollment climbed to 3.6 million customers on the federal exchange. CNBC reported:
‘Enrollment on the Obamacare marketplace HealthCare.gov hit 3.6 million, as the sign-up season on that federally run exchange entered its final two weeks.’
In an attempt to sabotage the success of ObamaCare, the Trump administration introduced measures to attempt to limit the enrollment of customers, who would then contribute to the amount of healthy insured customers. The Washington Post explained:
‘In other words, enrolling those healthy people is central to making Obamacare work. And in light of that, it’s probably not surprising to discover that the administration of President Trump is taking a number of steps that, intentionally or not, will undercut the number of healthy people who enroll.’
First off, Trump cut funding for those who help enroll customers in Obamacare. WaPo noted:
‘Some groups saw reductions of as much as 92 percent of what they’d received in the past, part of the administrations’ decision to cut funding overall by 41 percent.’
Furthermore, the budget for advertising was cut from $100 million to $10 million, which WaPo noted was a 90 percent cut.
What’s important to note is that for the 2018 enrollment year, open enrollment will run from November 1 to December 15. However, before Trump took office open enrollment the previous year ran from November 1 to January 31.
By cutting the enrollment period so severely, the Trump administration will most likely succeed in causing a significant drop in numbers of enrollees, which will provide Republicans with enough evidence to fuel their argument that the healthcare initiative is failing.
If the pace were maintained and continued through the original enrollment period, it would be reasonable the totals would beat the previous years. However, due to the time frame being cut short, that most likely won’t happen.
CNBC noted other reasons why some may not opt to sign up for Obamacare.
‘Another concern among advocates is that repeated negative comments about Obamacare by the Trump administration will discourage many people from signing up…
‘The administration also has slashed the budgets for outreach and advertising promoting enrollment in Obamacare plans.’
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