Health sign-ups start, and see a ‘hos­tile takeover’

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Nation + World -

WASH­ING­TON » It’s sign-up sea­son for the Af­ford­able Care Act, but the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion isn’t mak­ing it easy — cut­ting the en­roll­ment pe­riod in half, slash­ing ad­ver­tis­ing and di­al­ing back on coun­selors who help con­sumers get through the process.

Many peo­ple al­ready faced fewer choices and higher pre­mi­ums. But Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s de­ci­sion to can­cel a sub­sidy to in­sur­ers that low­ers con­sumer costs com­pounded the tur­moil, push­ing pre­mi­ums even higher.

Add it all up and the num­ber of unin­sured peo­ple may start ris­ing again, erod­ing gains that drove the unin­sured rate to a his­toric low.

“It cer­tainly is a hos­tile takeover,” said health pol­icy ex­pert Joe An­tos of the right-lean­ing Amer­i­can En­ter­prise In­sti­tute.

“We are go­ing to see a de­cline in en­roll­ment,” he added. “The peo­ple who will drop out in droves are the ones who are not get­ting a pre­mium sub­sidy.”

Open en­roll­ment starts Wed­nes­day and ends Dec. 15 in most states, a sign-up pe­riod six weeks shorter than last year’s.

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