As the latest Trumpcare proposal stalls in the Senate, Trump continues to sabotage the Affordable Care Act by announcing that healthcare.gov, the website Americans use to sign up for insurance through the marketplaces put in place by Obamacare, would be down for maintenance for 12 hours every Sunday in the middle of the upcoming open-enrollment period.
No explanation was given for the outages, but this “maintenance schedule” is a plan to keep down enrollment, and a reckless indifference to the needs of the population it is supposed to be serving.
Tom Price’s Health and Human Services Department has already announced massive cuts to the navigator programs that fund Obamacare outreach, as well as the budget for ads that alert Americans to the existence of the open-enrollment period.
The White House is currently paying out the cost-sharing reductions (or CSRs) on a month-to-month basis but has made no commitment that they will stay in place next year. Guaranteeing this funding would prevent an average 20% spike in premiums next year on the standard Obamacare “silver” plans, according to the Congressional Budget Office.