Trumpcare

2018 MIDTERM ELECTION

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As noted this morning, our power is out and isn't expected to be back up for several days, so my posts will be spotty and brief while we deal with stuff like our kid being out of school, keeping the generator running, etc. However, I just had to post this one.

You've probably already seen this clip, but it's so staggeringly idiotic that I have to repost it here.

Do I even need to explain how gob-smackingly stupid this claim by Paul Ryan is?

 

(this is mostly a repost from last week, but there've been some additional developments since then):

Friday, January 20th:

Politically, the big unknown is whether or not Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell will get away with trying to pin the blame for this on the Democrats/the law itself. That's why they've been pushing the "Obamacare is already in a death spiral!" claim hard for the past few weeks, even though it quite simply isn't.

...So, if this does end up in a worst-case scenario, Trump's "stop enforcing the mandate altogether!" order here could end up causing that death spiral even if the GOP doesn't technically end up repealing anything legislatively. The carriers would start announcing that they're bailing next year as soon as this spring (remember, the first paperwork for 2018 exchange participation has to be filed in April or May), and McConnell/Ryan would simply say, "See?? We told you it was collapsing all by itself! We didn't touch nuthin'!!"

UPDATE 3:00pm 1/27/17: 

HHS official tells @CitizenCohn that Ocare automatic phone calls and outreach tools will remain. but not tv ads https://t.co/jjYfReoylD

— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) January 27, 2017

Huh. OK...that's directly opposed to what Demko's Politico story said last night (all media outreach including email reminders), but whatever.

UPDATE 11/28/17: OK, here's the latest:

The Trump administration apparently was unable to scrap all outreach efforts to enroll individuals in Obamacare, following widespread concern that its move Thursday to pull ads promoting enrollment could destabilize the insurance marketplace.

NOTE: I started writing this up as an update to an earlier post, but it was already pretty lengthy so I've broken it off onto a separate entry.

Last year, around 12.7 million people selected QHPs via the ACA exchanges nationally, including roughly 9.6 million via the federal exchange (HealthCare.Gov) and another 3.1 million via the 13 state-based exchanges.

This year, prior to the November election, both the HHS Dept. and I were projecting somewhere in the 13.5 - 14.0 million range.

UPDATE 7:00pm 1/26/17: Welp. This puts the nail in the coffin:

The Trump administration has pulled the plug on all Obamacare outreach and advertising in the crucial final days of the 2017 enrollment season, according to sources at Health and Human Services and on Capitol Hill.

Even ads that had already been placed and paid for have been pulled, the sources told POLITICO.

...Individuals may still sign up for Obamacare plans until the Jan. 31 deadline — but the Trump administration isn't advertising that fact any longer.

It is also halting all media outreach designed to spur signups in the days leading up to the deadline. Emails are no longer being sent out to individuals who visited HealthCare.gov, the enrollment website, to encourage them to finish signing up. Those emails had proven highly successful in getting stragglers to complete enrollment before the deadline.

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