Big: after Trump blocked all outreach for ACA sign-ups, including ads already paid for, protests forced a reversal. https://t.co/vihIFt9EhU
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) January 27, 2017
Not so much he said, we said as we said, they lied, IMO — but a win is a win:
The Trump administration has reversed plans to scrap all Obamacare outreach in the finals days of the law’s enrollment period, a day after the move sparked outcry from the law’s supporters and health insurers.
HHS officials on Friday said automatic phone calls and other online and digital outreach — including Twitter messages and emails — would continue through the Jan. 31 deadline for obtaining coverage…
The Trump administration’s decision on Thursday to halt all HealthCare.gov advertising and outreach enraged the law’s supporters, who say ads and other tools — such as reminder emails — have been crucial in motivating younger, healthier people who frequently wait until the last minute to enroll in coverage.
“Let’s be clear: President Trump and Republicans are creating Trumpcare by sabotage — and they are going to have to answer to every family who loses coverage, faces more uncertainty, or has to pay more in health care costs as a result,” Democratic Sen. Patty Murray said in a statement earlier on Friday.
Obamacare supporters have taken to Twitter and other social media platforms to encourage enrollment,and insurers also expressed alarm that the Thursday decision could result in higher prices and more unstable markets…
The Obama administration’s HHS had estimated that 13.8 million people nationwide would sign up for Obamacare plans during the three-month open enrollment window. As of Dec. 24, national enrollment figures stood at 11.5 million people.
If we beat the 13.8 million figure, maybe the publicity helped. If we don’t, let’s pin this around Paul Ryan’s neck tighter than his Good GOper tie.
In other news, the NPS tweeters remain defiant members of the Resistance…
Prairie dogs' tiny hands are great for digging themselves into holes. That's a good thing for prairie dogs. Not so great for a president. pic.twitter.com/KQdtwgVGvk
— BadHombreLands NPS (@BadHombreNPS) January 26, 2017