Saturday, December 23, 2017
Nearly 9 Million People Enrolled In Obamacare Despite Trump’s Attempts To Sabotage The Program
It was announced that during Obamacare's latest open enrollment period almost 9 million people signed up for insurance on the federal health care exchange.
Additionally 2.4 million of those that signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act were new to the exchanges.
These positive enrollment numbers appear to be a direct rebuke to Donald Trump and the Republicans effort to sabotage President Obama's signature achievement.
In fact more than 4 in 5 of those signed up for coverage, 7.3 million of the 8.8 million, come from states Trump won in the 2016 presidential election!
The enrollment number topped expectations despite Trump having cut the enrollment period in half, gutting the advertising for the enrollment by 90 percent as well as the repeated efforts by the Republicans either to cut off cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers or repeal the law outright.
In fact Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price spent taxpayer money intended to promote Obamacare's enrollment on a PR campaigns to undermine the law.
The final tally is not in yet as the latest numbers included only sign-ups through HealthCare.gov, and not enrollments through state exchanges, some of which are still open.
In addition the numbers may also go up even more because some customers were delayed in enrolling by the deadline due to high volume and because some areas affected by hurricanes were granted an extended enrollment period.
The higher-than-expected sign-up numbers ran directly counter to Trump's pronouncements that the law was "dead," "finished" and "gone," as well as his explicitly stated plan to "let Obamacare fail" in order to force Democrats to back its repeal.
Trump even called the law "essentially repealed" after the House and Senate passed a tax bill that will cause 13 millions people to lose their health insurance and cause premiums to skyrocket.
It appears he was wrong on all accounts.
In fact it's even possible that Trump's decision to end cost-sharing reduction payments actually boosted enrollment as insurers and state officials reorganized plans in ways that often boosted subsidies for customers through the law. For millions of Americans, the result was cheaper coverage, higher-deductible plans and reduced prices for low-deductible plans.