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Barack Obama tweets a reminder
to folks to enroll in Obamacare
by Nathan'ette Burdine: November 3, 2017
 


On Wednesday, former President Barack Obama tweeted out a reminder to folks to enroll in Obamacare.

“Starting today, you can sign up for 2018 health coverage. Head on over to HealthCare.gov and find a plan that meets your needs,” Obama tweeted.

The Obamacare enrollment goes from November 1, 2017, to December 15, 2017.

The enrollment period has been shortened by half. Instead of the 90-days to enroll, folks only have 45 days to enroll.

And those who do not enroll within the 45-day time period will face stricter requirements to enroll after the deadline.

The shorten deadline and stricter rules to enroll after the deadline are due to President Donald Trump’s efforts to dismantle the Obamacare program.

This week, Trump told reporters that “there is no such thing as Obamacare anymore…Obamacare is dead.”

Although Obamacare is not dead, Trump has taken actions to weaken Obamacare. He has decreased the funding for advertising the program, reduced the enrollment period, and stopped payments to insurance companies that were providing insurance to the poor.

For their part, the congressional Republicans have been trying to repeal and replace Obamacare for the last six years but they have failed at each turn.

The big blow to the congressional Republicans’ effort to repeal and replace Obamacare came in July of this year after Sen. John McCain (AZ) gave a thumbs down; becoming the third Republican along with Senators Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Susan Collins (ME) to join the Democrats in ending any chances of getting rid of Obamacare.

After that moment, it appeared as if Donald Trump was willing to compromise. He met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to talk about a way forward on healthcare, as well as immigration reform.

Donald Trump also came out and supported the bi-partisan plan Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) had drafted.

But earlier this week, Trump had a change of heart and decided to pull back his support.

Trump’s decision to renege on his support, led to Schumer saying this, “Mr. President, you cannot govern a country, you cannot keep America great, if you don’t know what’s in the bills and don’t have a consistent policy about them.”






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