Trump Cuts Money for Obamacare Facilitators

Any rational Congress would have turned to people who know how to sell insurance to enroll people in Obamacare.

But, no.

Obama’s Democratic Party allies in Congress set up something new–facilitators.

Why not use insurance agents I thought at the time?

The Chicago Tribune reports there will be less money to hire “facilitators.”

Now the Trump Administration is cutting money for facilitators.

Why not eliminate the subsidy and ask insurance agents to do the job?


Trump Cuts Money for Obamacare Facilitators — 30 Comments

  1. The whole navigator program was basically a jobs program for Obama’s peeps.

    The money was pretty good for a job that didn’t really require any education or skills.

  2. When someone has the word “Coordinator” in their title, it is typically an unnecessary, busy work job. Facilitator and navigator sounds like the same thing.

  3. Democrats and Obama set up the “navigator” positions when in fact already experienced insurance agents should have been designated to help people sign up for the ACA Obamacare.

    Most of the ACA was a fraud. An attempt for the government takeover of the health care industry in the U.S. So many promises made by Obama and the Democrats were lies. Such as lowering costs of premiums. The ACA law was loaded with red tape which added costs.

    President Obama lied numerous times on national tv saying that if Americans liked their insurance plan and doctor that these Americans could keep these. This was false, there never was a plan in place or procedures to allow this option for Americans.

  4. Why don’t we just eliminate the marketplaces and people can just go to insurance agents for their insurance?
    Why don’t we just eliminate regulations about preexisting conditions because insurance companies did such a good job with that before the Affordable Care Act?
    Why don’t we just eliminate kids can stay on their parent’s insurance until 25 like insurance agents used to do?
    Why don’t we just eliminate the public option and rely on the insurance companies to competently insure everyone?

    You may hate the name, but you like the benefits. In the words of Mitch McConnell, Obamacare is the law of the land. I’m proud to have voted for John McCain.

    The problem is that everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die. Think about it: Added benefits = added premiums. Everyone likes the added benefits but want it for free.

    Also, Bred Winner, you are such a vapid idiot to cite Obama about keeping your insurance. 2012 called; they want their talking point back.

  5. bred may be simple, but Not My is a complete idiot! bred states facts, which bores the idiots. Not My is a moron that will never accept the facts. They live in a delusional realm with the likes of Heinrich.

  6. **An attempt for the government takeover of the health care industry in the U.S. **

    LOL – there was literally no government takeover of the health care industry. In fact, it was the opposite. It was government funding that went to private insurers.

    But, once again, good try.

  7. How about the death panels Shake? I hear about those all the time!

  8. Bill Clinton on Obamacare in October 2016:

    “You’ve got this crazy system where all the sudden 25 million more people have healthcare and then the people are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half”.

    “It’s the craziest thing in the world”.

    “The people who are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little bit too much to get any of these subsidies”.

  9. The simplest way to fix insurance costs is to just have a public option. Medicare for all. That’s it. Private industry would then have to lower costs because the government, just like in the UK/Canada, could collectively negotiate lower prices on drugs, etc.

  10. Medicare for All and a public option are two different things.

    But your larger point? Definitely not wrong.

  11. I think employers having to manage healthcare for employees is ridiculous. The only reason we have employer-based healthcare is that, during World War II, so many boys were off fighting that there was a worker shortage. FDR put in caps on pay so workers wouldn’t be poached from war-job to war-job. However, employers saw a loophole and started offering healthcare as a way to entice the best and brightest to come to them. The cherry on top was the IRS said employer contributions to employee healthcare were free! Fast forward and that’s where we are today.

    It’s stupid.

    The federal government should fix what they made because, while it’s perfectly acceptable for healthcare providers to be private and that will never change. Insurance should be under the government, then we can use the collective power of the country to negotiate for lower prices/lower the cost of patient care.

  12. The way to fix the cost problem is to bring back competition.

    Health insurance was originally intended for large unanticipated expenses, and it has morphed into prepaid health care.

    People don’t care what things cost, because someone else is paying.

    BTW, those nationalized health care systems don’t work nearly as well as advertised.

    Brits with money who have a serious health problem or don’t want to wait forever use private doctors, and Canadians in the same circumstances come to the US for care.

  13. “Bring back competition” is not the solution to providing affordable insurance to everyone because it is employer based. That’s the problem.

    I did not say to nationalize the healthcare system, I said make insurance a function of the government.

  14. I agree that health insurance shouldn’t be employer based – paying for medical care should be an individual responsibility.

    Allowing employers to pay for insurance with pretax dollars results in overutilization of medical resources by people covered by such plans.

    The free market works when you allow it to.

    The government makes a big steaming pile out of just about everything it touches.

  15. There is literally zero market incentive for covering every American.

  16. **The free market works when you allow it to.**

    It sure worked really poorly pre-ACA.

  17. There hasn’t been a free market in health care in this country for a very long time.

    Employer provided insurance started distorting the market, and the cost shifting caused by Medicare and Medicaid totally blew it up.

  18. Ah… so you think that those who currently receive Medicaid and Medicare would magically receive healthcare coverage if we got rid of Medicare and Medicaid and had a “free market”? Cool story.

  19. What’s your solution Billy? How does everyone get affordable healthcare? Are you seriously ok with living in a society where people are bankrupted because of medical bills?

  20. Medicare only works because there is a private sector to offset costs not covered by government artifical low pricing. If no private markets system to absorb shortfail, system will collapse or fail like Canadian or UK. Try getting a hip replacement in either place, 2 to 5 years. People flee socialism for capitalism not the inverse. Competition while not perfect is better than government regulation which only supports pricing for a short period in time. With single payer you either have shortgages, rapid price increases, with rationing of care.

  21. @chuck – I’m sorry, you lost me; please clarify, “Medicare only works because there is a private sector to offset costs not covered by government artificial low pricing.”

    No one here is talking about putting hospitals under government control. Just insurance chuck. It is unrealistic to have what the UK have, so stop comparing it to that. It’s intellectually dishonest.

  22. I think the point is, I don’t want to be tied to my job because of healthcare. Why is it that people accept this as ok? People will literally be stuck at a job they hate because they need insurance. I believe that Americans would take more chances in business and work if their benefits were not tied to their job. Also, think of the headache it is for business owners that would be removed if they didn’t have to handle employee health insurance anymore! Finally, companies like Uber that bilk their employees and pidgeonhole them as “independent contractors” wouldn’t seem nearly as reprehensible. At least their employees would have healthcare somewhere!

  23. Govt screws up everything it touches. No Govt run healthcare!!!
    And the Dems get everything wrong!

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