Trump Administration Takes Action To Undermine Affordable Care Act By Reducing Available Resources, Marketing And Promotions, And Patient Subsidies

 In Conflicts Of Interest, Healthcare   Last Updated: September 15, 2018

The Trump administration has taken several steps to reduce and limit available resources and support for the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), including:

  • Ending subsidies for low income individuals to cover deductibles and co-pays that cover 7 million people
  • No longer providing Health and Human Services support personnel and reducing the budget to help states with open enrollment season
  • Reducing the open enrollment advertising budget by 90%
  • Running negative ads about Affordable Care Act marketplaces
  • Seeking to expand alternatives to the Affordable Care Act
  • Reducing the open enrollment period timeframe by half, from around 90 days to around 45 days
  • Shutting down the website for 12 hour periods on every Sunday during the open enrollment period (except December 10)




Kim Soffen. "These are the steps the Trump administration is taking to undermine the ACA." Washington Post, 13 October 2017. Web. 21 October 2017.
Phil Galewitz. "Sunday Hours: Obamacare Website To Be Shut Down For Portion of Most Weekends." Kaiser Health News, 22 September 2017. Web. 21 October 2017.
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