Barack Obama, sensing his signature healthcare policy is heading to the scrap heap of history, produced a faux straightlaced video to encourage followers to sign up for insurance prior to the Saturday deadline.
The former president acknowledged his past efforts to promote Obamacare had been slightly goofy but acknowledged it was time to get ‘serious,’ while ultimately never doing so.
Enrollment is down despite expert predictions otherwise, and Republican efforts to abolish the individual mandate, along with a booming economy and alternate plans are being cited as reasons for the downturn.
As such, Obama promised not to use past tactics which included appearing on the show Between Two Ferns with marginally amusing comedian Zach Galifianakis to push Obamacare. Nor would he resort to videos of his smugness using a selfie stick to promote the healthcare plan.
“This year is different,” Obama says in a video that actually comes off as unintentionally more goofy than the others.
No jump shots. No ferns. No memes. Not this time. I’m going to give it to you straight: If you need health insurance for 2019, the deadline to get covered is December 15. Go to https://t.co/ob1Ynoesod today and pass this on — you just might save a life. pic.twitter.com/8mHMsXGY0g
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 10, 2018
Trying to Save a Sinking Ship
The timing of Obama’s plea to save Obamacare signups comes just weeks after reports surfaced that enrollments are down a significant 13 percent over the same time period last year.
The numbers took experts by surprise, with many predicting enrollments in Obamacare marketplaces would remain steady.
Instead, they cited several reasons for the dropoff, many of which had everything to do with the Trump administrations effort to take down Obama’s signature policy achievement.
Obamacare enrollments are down almost 10%. There’s a long list of possible explanations: much lower spending on outreach and marketing, repeal of the individual mandate, cheaper, skimpier alternatives, the booming economy: https://t.co/i1nQcZFWcW
— Paul Demko (@pauldemko) November 29, 2018
What’s Causing the Drop?
The report indicates that administrative agencies are putting less time and money into advertising the enrollment period.
“This is affordable coverage that people need and want, but the reality is that the administration’s sabotaged open enrollment,” Leslie Dach, chair of Protect Our Care, a pro-Obamacare group, said.
But the column also notes a trio of other reasons for the change.
- They cite Republican success in scrapping the wildly unpopular individual mandate as part of their 2017 tax cut package – the one Democrats will do their best to repeal.
- They mention cheaper alternatives being offered by the Trump administration.
- In addition, the incredible Trump economy is helping to dampen enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges.
The booming economy is also likely depressing enrollments. The unemployment rate is down about half a percentage point since last year’s sign-up season, which means some individuals who were enrolled in Obamacare plans are likely now covered through their jobs.
When The NY Times stumbles into something on accident, they *really stumble into it. pic.twitter.com/e9sCgrTB1Y
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) December 9, 2018
In The End, Obama Can’t Help Himself
Despite the gloom and doom surrounding Obamacare enrollment, the former President couldn’t resist one last effort at appealing to low-information millennials.
The video concludes with Obama wearing digital glasses as a rainbow backdrop appears.
“You’ve got a filter on me, don’t you?” Obama asks, joking that his staff was finding ways to make him seem cool.
What’s more important is that President Trump has installed a ‘filter’ on Obamacare, undermining Barack’s prized agenda during his tenure as President.
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