The number of people joining Obamacare for 2019 has dropped significantly as a result of President Trump's two-year effort to limit federal policy.
A number of Obamacare coverage registrations have dropped 13% between November 1st and November 24th – half of the registration season for 2019 – according to data released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. .
The figures are surprising experts, according to Politico, who estimated that the number of people enrolling in Obamacare markets would remain stable, even as Republicans would abolish deeply unpopular fines for individual mandates for the uninsured.
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The deadline to register for Obamacare in 2019 is December 15th, but most people do not know it's the registration season. According to Politico, only 1 in 4 Americans are aware of the deadline, citing the latest poll data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Only a quarter of survey respondents said they saw the ads and explained how to sign on the cover. In comparison, more than half of those surveyed in a similar survey said they saw such ads when they first registered for Obamacare in 2013.
The Trump administration apparently does not aim to increase enrollment and has spent less money on other groups to promote it.
"It's an affordable coverage that people need and want, but the reality is that open registrations sabotaged by the administration," said Leslie Dach, president of Protect Our Care, a rights group Obamacare.
"It's an affordable cover that people need and want, but the reality is that open administration sabotaged by the administration."
He said the funding cuts for outreach had affected the number of registrations, with groups focusing primarily on re-enrolling people rather than on finding new clients. "The American people simply ignore the deadline and do not know how affordable health care is for him," he said.
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Some people may, however, skip the Obamacare markets because of the strength of the economy, which has led more employers to offer employer-provided coverage. The Trump administration has also lobbied for reduced insurance plans that may be cheaper than those offered on the Obamacare Scholarships.
Another group of people may no longer be able to purchase insurance through the 2017 tax break that removed the individual mandate penalty.
However, some states may be able to reverse the trend and cover as many people as in previous years. The state of California spends 100 times more than the entire federal government – $ 100 million – to recruit people into a state-owned market, according to Politico.