After a groundswell of support from the grassroots quashed his insidious scheme to take health coverage from 23 million Americans, President Trump set to work sabotaging the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period for 2018 to keep Americans from getting the care they need.
It did not go as he planned.
Trump said early in the year that he would simply “let Obamacare implode.” But he knew that the healthcare that tens of millions of Americans depend upon would not simply go away on it’s own. So, he took matters into his own feeble hands.
The sabotage attempt was not subtle. Trump slashed the outreach budget by 90%, cut the enrollment period from 12 weeks to six, and even shoehorned in regular “maintenance periods” in which healthcare.gov would be down.
And yet, just like Trump steaks, Trump University, and any number of botched casino projects, The Donald’s latest shady scheme was a miserable failure.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today reported that despite the efforts to stifle enrollment, signups on only healthcare.gov — the exchange for states, mostly conservative ones, that failed to set up state exchanges — reached 8.8 million Americans, or 96% of last year’s total.
Imagine that. Even in the face of a propaganda war and a government attacks, people still would rather have affordable healthcare than go bankrupt or die when they get sick.
And, as we move toward 2018, if we keep paying attention, maybe Americans will vote in our interest too.