It’s January 31st – the last day of open enrollment. After today, individuals cannot sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Interestingly, now that Trump is threatening to repeal Obamacare, it’s more popular than ever according to recent polls. Since the last open enrollment deadline on January 15th, 8.8 million people have enrolled in a qualified plan. Compared to last year, enrollments are up. Jennifer Sullivan, vice president for programs at Enroll America, says, “The last official numbers we received were from the former administration and that suggested that this year’s enrollment is outpacing last year’s.”
Meanwhile, as many scramble to enroll in a qualified health plan, Trump’s administration and Congress are working on dismantling the health care law. Following his inauguration, Trump signed an executive order for federal agencies to ease “unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens” of Obamacare. Ultimately, the executive order enables agency heads to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision” if it incurs a financial burden. This mainly applies to the tax penalty Americans face if they don’t buy a qualified health plan. This is Trump’s first step to get rid of Obamacare.
Americans Are Concerned About the Future of the Affordable Care Act
Understandably, many are worried about the future of healthcare. If Trump’s “repeal and replace” initiative happens, people want to know what will happen to their current plan. Since details about a replacement are vague, the fear has only worsened. The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research recently conducted a poll. The results found that 56% of adults are deeply worried that they will lose their health insurance if there is a repeal. Additionally, the poll found that 53% want to keep Obamacare in some way, shape, or form. They’d prefer a revision rather than a replacement.
Despite the polls, President Trump, since he started campaigning, has promised to repeal the healthcare law. As such, today may not only be the last day of this open enrollment season, but it may be the last day to ever enroll in an Obamacare plan. Regardless of this fact, the demand for help has not lessened as the final hours of open enrollment quickly approach.
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