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Because the enrollment window is much shorter — it ends Dec. 15 in most states — it’s not clear if the final numbers will be more than previous years.
When President Donald Trump cut off subsidies to insurers he inadvertently may have boosted the very law he was trying to undermine. Meanwhile, House Democrats trying to bolster marketing for the health law are being thwarted by arcane rules.
More than 60 percent of respondents say they would point the fingers at President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress, though the poll found a distinct partisan divide.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has been a crucial swing vote in the Senate this year, and looks to play a main role again in the tax debate. The House passed its version of the tax bill on Thursday.
One of the main goals of the measure is to reverse President Donald Trump’s decision to cut off cost-sharing payments to insurers. However, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) says Democrats won’t support the bipartisan plan if the individual mandate repeal remains in the tax package.
Media outlets offer a look at what would happen to the Affordable Care Act exchanges if lawmakers include repeal of the individual mandate in their tax package. Meanwhile, Democrats seize on the turmoil as a way to get their base interested in the Republicans’ tax overhaul.
But with a small enrollment window, it’s too early to tell what the final numbers will look like.
Following a renewed push from President Donald Trump and conservative senators, Senate Republicans agree to include a measure repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate to their version of the tax bill.
Some lawmakers are still pushing for it to be introduced further along in the legislative process. Meanwhile, the Senate tax bill keeps a deduction for medical expenses.
The Trump administration slashed the budget for outreach this year, but some say that all the attention that was on the political debate about the law has kept the issue at the forefront of consumers’ minds.
“There has been a major change here,” says Robert Blendon, an expert on public opinion about healthcare at Harvard’s Kennedy School. “Democrats for years wouldn’t talk about healthcare. … Now, the implication is that if you are a Democrat running in 2018, you can talk about protecting healthcare for millions of Americans.”
In its revised analysis, the Congressional Budget Office also finds that the move would mean 13 million more people would be uninsured and premiums would rise by about 10 percent most years over the next decade.
Gov. Paul LePage (R), who has vetoed similar plans five times, says his administration will only implement expansion if it’s fully funded by the state Legislature.
Despite fears that Trump administration’s actions to cut the outreach budget for the health law would undermine sign ups, the numbers spiked over last year according to a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity. However, usually signups this early are consumers renewing coverage, not new customers. Meanwhile, insurers are opening their own wallets to make up for the lack of federal marketing for the health law.
The Trump administration has slashed marketing and outreach budgets, but these groups are doing what they can to help people enroll for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, a new study is the latest to confirm that President Donald Trump’s decision to end insurer subsidies will actually result in more people getting “free” health care on the exchanges, and health care providers worry the government’s crackdown on immigration will hurt sign-ups.
That means millions fewer people received information than in past years when such mails also went to those who once signed up for or researched marketplace plans. Critics view the move as another example of the Trump administration’s attempts to undercut the health law.
President Donald Trump didn’t acknowledge opening day for the health law exchanges, and his administration’s announcements were muted. But despite the confusion surrounding the marketplace, consumers still turn out to shop. Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama released a video to encourage people to get coverage.
The fifth open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act kicks off today. But many consumers don’t even know if the health law is alive or not.
Open enrollment for 2018 health coverage under the Affordable Care Act starts on Wednesday. But consumers across the country have been left scratching their heads — if they know they even still need coverage at all.
Issued late in the day on Friday, the 365-page plan also proposes other changes to the inner workings of the health insurance markets.