Now comes word that the new administration has “pulled the plug on all Obamacare outreach and advertising in the crucial final days of the 2017 enrollment season. … Even ads that had already been placed and paid for have been pulled…” They’ve been doing their best to undermine the program since before it became law, and now they may have the power to deprive it of oxygen so they can claim it was dying.
Jonathan Cohn puts it this way:
Of course, Republicans have been predicting Obamacare’s demise since it became law in 2010. But now that Trump is in the White House and the Republicans in Congress are proceeding with their plan to repeal the law, sooner rather than later, the argument has new political value.
If the program’s collapse is imminent, as they say, then there’s no point in worrying about the roughly 20 million people who now get coverage through the program. Because, under this scenario, no matter what Republicans do, those folks are going to end up without decent coverage.
And if the end result of repeal efforts is a disaster ? with millions more uninsured, millions more struggling with less reliable or less comprehensive coverage than they had ? Republicans can always say things would have been awful anyway.
The logic is sound. The premise, that Obamacare is unraveling, is not.
…then he gives succinct explorations of…
- Why (Some) Obamacare Marketplaces Are Struggling
- Why The Markets May Be Stronger Going Forward
- Why The Real Threat To The Marketplaces May Be Trump
Sources and additional info:
- Report: Trump Admin Pulls O’Care Ads In Last Days Of 2017 Open Enrollment
- Adrianna McIntyre on Twitter: “The final enrollment deadline is reliably one of the biggest—if not THE biggest—enrollment spike we observe each year. https://t.co/TrKozzhZLp”
- Jon Favreau on Twitter: “Ads that were already paid for, intended to let people know how to sign up for health insurance. Some private group should run them instead https://t.co/D7ihJ70ZeH”
- Lori Lodes on Twitter: “Here is the ad that Trump took off the air: https://t.co/AVP9m7tWyg. If Trump refuses to run it, let’s make sure everyone sees it.”
- GOP Quietly Admits There Will Be No Obamacare Replacement
- Another Bogus Obamacare Argument From Donald Trump And Paul Ryan | The Huffington Post