11 ways Trump is scal­ing back Obamacare

Houston Chronicle - - FROM THE COVER - New York Times

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion con­tin­ues to take ac­tion that could weaken the Af­ford­able Care Act and cur­tail en­roll­ment in cov­er­age un­der the law. So far, it has: 1. Opened the door for sales of less ex­pen­sive plans with fewer ben­e­fits and fewer pro­tec­tions for con­sumers. Signed ex­ec­u­tive or­der on Thurs­day. 2. De­cided not to send health de­part­ment of­fi­cials to lo­cal open en­roll­ment events in states. First re­ported on Sept. 27. 3. De­cided to shut down the Af­ford­able Care Act web­site for 12 hours nearly every Sun­day dur­ing open en­roll­ment. First re­ported in Septem­ber. 4. Said it would cut by 40 per­cent fund­ing to groups that help peo­ple en­roll. An­nounced on Aug. 31. 5. Said it would slash spend­ing on ad­ver­tis­ing and pro­mo­tion for en­roll­ment to $10 mil­lion from $100 mil­lion. An­nounced on Aug. 31. 6. Made videos crit­i­ciz­ing the health law and posted them on YouTube. In June and July. 7. Posted in­fo­graph­ics crit­i­ciz­ing the health law on Twit­ter. Mostly in late June and July. 8. Made tax cred­its for pre­mi­ums less gen­er­ous. Fi­nal­ized in April. 9. Used news re­leases to spread neg­a­tive in­for­ma­tion about the law. As early as Fe­bru­ary. 10. Weak­ened en­force­ment of the in­di­vid­ual man­date. Re­ported in Fe­bru­ary. 11. Re­moved guid­ance for con­sumers about the law from its web­site, as early as Jan. 20.

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