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Is Obamacare Really Dead?

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Nov 8, 2017
  • 18:32

Guest: Matthew Slonaker, JD, Executive Director of the Utah Health Policy Project People who can’t get affordable health insurance through their job and hope to qualify for a federal subsidy by shopping for coverage on healthcare.gov have just over one month to enroll. Heading into this open enrollment period there was a lot of confusion and concern about whether people who need insurance would sign up. After all, President Trump regularly insists Obamacare is “dead,” “gone,” “finished.” But Congress has yet to repeal ObamaCare, so the marketplace to buy insurance is still operating and the requirement that everyone have it or face a penalty is still in place.  Sources at the Department of Health and Human Services have told multiple news outlets that a record number of people signed up for insurance on healthcare.gov during the first few days of open enrollment last week compared to previous years.