President Trump’s Health Department announced on Thursday that it plans to cut funding for ObamaCare enrollment promotion by 90 percent.
Department of Health and Human Services officials said on a call with reporters that they intend to reduce Obamacare advertising spending from the $100 million that the Obama administration spent last year to $10 million this year. DHHS will also cut the budget for the in-person enrollment program by 39 percent.
Administration officials cited “diminishing returns” from ObamaCare spending and argued that most Americans already know about the Affordable Care Act.
Obamacare advocates worry that these deep budget cuts will be incredibly harmful to the law, making it difficult for potential enrollees to learn about the benefits.
“The surest way to kill the exchanges is to keep them a secret,” says Timothy Jost, a consumer advocate at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. “Sick people will find them, but getting younger and healthier people enrolled is the problem.”
The Hill adds:
Officials also announced they are cutting funding for “navigators,” which are outside organizations that help sign people up. Funding will be proportional to how navigators have fared in hitting their enrollment target the previous year. If a group signed up 70 percent of their target, they will get 70 percent of the funding. A Health and Human Services official said this system means navigators will be “held accountable.”