Wednesday, November 01, 2017
2018 ACA Enrollment Starts Today
President Harry S Truman attempted to do so as part of his Fair Deal, but also ran into AMA opposition . That same AMA opposition was present when President Lyndon B. Johnson got Medicare and Medicaid passed in 1965, and a serious effort to do so happened during the Nixon and Clinton and Obama administrations.
To tackle the problem of over 40 million Americans being uninsured, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed and signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010.
The Affordable Care Act cut the number of uninsured Americans in half, slowing down the rapid rise in health care costs and acted as a stimulus that fueled national economic growth.
It also has saved lives in the process.
But despite the obvious benefits of the ACA, the law has been under attack by the Republican Party since its passage. With Donald Trump now in the White House, Republicans see an opportunity to repeal the law and replace it with their own plan. Those efforts have already failed, and were opposed by much of the American population that likes many of the ACA's more popular features like allowing dependents to stay on their parent's health insurance plans until age 26, no preexisting conditions or coverage caps.
They cynically hope that the less people know about when to re-enroll for 2018 ACA coverage, it will cause the overall numbers of people enrolled to drop and then the conservative 'the ACA is failing' propaganda has a veneer of plausibility.
So let's commit a revolutionary act and thwart those plans.
Here's the link to Healthcare.Gov to get you started.