How's Trump affecting ObamaCare?

Monday, May 14, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

ObamaCare (generic)The Trump administration continues to be accused of trying to sabotage ObamaCare, but some critics of the healthcare law say it was in peril before Trump took office.

A recent case of the "s" word involves The Huffington Post, which claims the uninsured rate is worsening after years of ObamaCare's gains. "Trump's sabotage of ObamaCare seems to be having predictable consequences," it declares.

Other accusations of sabotage include the recent enrollment period for Healthcare.gov, which was the shortest season of its kind since the Affordable Care Act became law. President Trump has also been accused of sabotaging ObamaCare since announcing in October 2017 that he would stop making cost-sharing reduction payments (CSRs) to health insurers.

Haislmaier

"There is an argument being made by defenders of ObamaCare that somehow the problems are the result of 'sabotage' by the Republicans or the Trump administration," says Ed Haislmaier of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. "The evidence is that ObamaCare's failures pre-dated congressional efforts and pre-dated the Trump administration." 

In other words, Haislmaier says ObamaCare was already creating a situation of escalating premiums, higher deductibles, etc., before President Obama left office.

"So what we're seeing is a continuation of trends," he continues. "I would say that some of the moves by the Trump administration to provide alternatives to people are more a recognition of a reality that's already happened as opposed to something that is going to change things going forward and undermine or 'sabotage' ObamaCare."

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