Obamacare “not going to unravel — unless Republicans do the unraveling”

BTW, the enrollment deadline for 2017 is January 31: Start Here!

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

Read the whole piece.

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