The Trump administration has cancelled about $5 million worth of advertisements for the HealthCare.gov website in an effort to cut costs.
On Thursday, the White House announced it is de-funding advertisements that promote HealthCare.gov since the annual enrollment period is coming to an end.
The Daily Mail reports that the Health and Human Services Department has already invested over $60 million in efforts to promote sign-ups this year for Obamacare.
In response to Trump’s decision, former HealthCare.gov CEO Kevin Counihan accused it of being an act of “sabotage” and “outrageous.” He cited it was could prevent healthy individuals from getting insurance they need and could ultimately spike costs. Counihan said, “We know that more young people enroll during the final days of open enrollment, but they need to be reminded of the Jan. 31 deadline.”
Reporters spoke to an operator at the HealthCare.gov national call center on Thursday evening, who claimed that the Trump administration’s decision has not impacted coverage for 2017 nor has the rate in which people continue to sign up for Obamacare health plans been affected.
HealthCare.gov still shows a link for open enrollment and the deadline date for those who visit the site. In fact, it has been reported that 11.5 million people have signed up through December 24, which makes it about “290,000 more than at the same time during the 2016 enrollment season.”
While enrollment may be up compared to last year, they are far from meeting the former Obama Administration’s goal of 13.8 million enrolled for 2017.
H/T: The Daily Mail
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