Marketing Funding for Obamacare to be cut 90 percent: U.S. health Bureau
Thursday’s announcement was the latest move by the Trump administration to undercut the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
The agency also said it will cut funding for so-called navigators, who help people register in Obamacare health insurance programs, by 41 percent to $36.8 million.
Trump has threatened to cut off billions of dollars of payments to insurers that they are guaranteed under the law, creating uncertainty and chaos .
“A healthcare system that has caused premiums to double and left almost half of our counties with only one coverage option is not working,” Caitlin Oakley, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement. “The Trump administration is determined to serve the American people rather than trying to sell them a bad deal.”
After Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress as well as the White House, failed over the summer to deliver on President Donald Trump’s top campaign promise to repeal and replace the law, he vowed to allow the law “implode” and said he wouldn’t take responsibility for it.
The Trump administration announced it would back off authorities of the mandate that everyone purchase health insurance or else pay a fine this season. The lack of enforcement has been a top concern among U.S. health insurers.
Democrats criticized the government’s decision to scale back advertising.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said on Thursday it plans to spend $10 million on advertising for its forthcoming Obamacare open enrollment period that begins in November, a sharp cut in the $100 million spent last year.
“The Trump administration is intentionally attempting to sabotage our medical care system,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. “When the range of individuals with health insurance declines and costs skyrocket, the American people will know who’s to blame.”