Louise Line: The Affordable Care Act—Sign Up Now!
Like so many of you, I am deeply concerned by the Republican Congress and president’s unending assault on the Affordable Care Act. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Trump administration has now taken the extraordinary step of sabotaging this law while it is still in place.
It has just come to light that the administration has immediately halted all advertising and other outreach activities for the ACA Marketplaces by the Department of Health and Human Services in the critical last few days of Open Enrollment. This destructive action by the Trump administration will actually waste, not save, taxpayer dollars – because the government had already purchased the ads that were going to run.
The White House order is designed to undermine enrollment in one of the two weeks of the enrollment season that has the largest surge of consumers signing up. In the three years since the Marketplaces began, the final day of enrollment has been the second-biggest day of enrollment. Also, the last week of January has always tended to draw younger enrollees, who often wait until the very last minute to sign up. If there ends up being fewer young adults in the Marketplaces, the risk pools would be less healthy, destabilizing the Marketplaces for all consumers in the future.
Make no mistake, this move is a deliberate attempt to undermine the ACA. We cannot let the Trump administration get away with this. I encourage everyone to visit healthcare.gov and sign up now. Please share this information with your friends and families so they do not miss their chance to get the coverage they need!