The idea of repealing and replacing Obamacare has been at the foundation of the Republican Party platform almost since its inception. President Obama’s signature healthcare law has indeed provided coverage to millions of Americans, but at a much higher cost than promised. The result has been fewer healthcare choices at greater cost for many Americans throughout the country.
So, it is no surprise that President Donald Trump and the other Republican candidates ran on that platform, promising to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a better alternative. President Obama now appears poised to take action to make that happen.
Town Hall reported that a “statement from the Health and Human Services department Thursday night says the government has pulled back about $5 million in ads as part of an effort to cut costs. The statement says HHS has already spent more than $60 million to promote sign-ups this year under former President Barack Obama’s health care law.” Former Obama administration officials have called the move “sabotage.”
Approximately 11.5 million people have signed up during this year’s enrollment period. That is about 290,000 more than the previous enrollment season.
Politico reported that the decision to halt advertising “sends the clearest signal yet that President Donald Trump is determined to fulfill his campaign pledge to repeal Obamacare.” In addition to halting ads, Trump has also reportedly ordered a halt to all emails from the enrollment site to people who have visited it. Supporters of Obamacare are not happy with Trump’s actions.
Families USA executive director Ron Pollack, whose organization supported Obamacare, called the decision “a mean-spirited effort that can only result in fewer people getting coverage who need it.” An HHS spokesman defended Trump’s actions calling it a cost-saving measure. Trump has long vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare with a different health care plan which will cover more Americans for less money.
The enrollment period for Obamacare ends on Dec. 31.
Source: Town Hall