Trump Guts Obamacare Enrollment Ad Budget

Bloomberg reports:

The Trump administration will slash spending meant to help enroll people in Obamacare, making good on the president’s threat to let the law wither after Republicans failed to repeal it earlier this year.

Arguing that the promotional spending was ineffective, the Health and Human Services department will cut the sign-up advertising budget to $10 million for 2018 coverage from $100 million for this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in a statement.

“Judging effectiveness by the amount of money spent and not the results achieved is irresponsible and unhelpful to the American people,” said Caitlin Oakley, an HHS spokeswoman. Decreased promotion of the Affordable Care Act could further undermine its insurance markets, which had been struggling as insurers questioned the administration’s commitment to the program.

  • bkmn

    They don’t care about people, they only care about tax cuts for the uber-rich

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
  • Carl

    Still going to sign up like I’ve been doing. It really is a terrific program.

    • Tomcat

      Word of mouth will be there in the media daily I am sure.

      • Carl

        Anecdotally…. the people I meet who don’t like it are the people who’ve never tried the exchanges. The People who still get insurance through their job and people who were meant to fall in the medicaid expansion but are denied be their state legislatures.

        • j.martindale

          That is anecdotal. There are others like my husband who pay $800 a month for bronze plans, huge deductibles, with nothing to choose from. It is a crappy act, but the rethugs offer worse.

          • Not many people can pay $800 per month – what kind of job does hubby have?

          • j.martindale

            $40,000 a year.

  • teedofftaxpayer

    I think it’s time to gut Trump’s Secret Service budget. If he can’t provide golf carts for free then he doesn’t get the Secret service.

  • Ninja0980

    Just continuing the GOP efforts to undermine it.

    • Carl

      Didn’t we already know they were doing this?

      • Tomcat

        He was threatening to do it.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Lazycrockett
    • Carl

      Oh fuck me running. This is going to be a long scary storm season.

      • FAEN

        But there is NO climate change you hear! NONE!

        • Tomcat

          And if there is it can just be prayed away.

          • EdmondWherever

            And if it can’t then it was God’s Will.

          • FAEN

            Just like my love of cock was cured..oh wait.

          • Danieruw

            Pretty sure that requires a laying on of hands…

          • FAEN

            That sounds promising.

          • jsmukg

            You need some speaking with tongues. Oh, wait..

    • Tomcat

      And there is even more bad news.

      http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basin=atlc&fdays=5

    • Sam_Handwich

      seeming much more likely it will stay out of the gulf

      • thom

        Sitting here in Savannah with my fingers crossed

        • Lazycrockett

          At the moment looks like cat 5 hitting Fl, Ga, SC.

          • Tomcat

            I say Mexico Texas or Louisiana.

          • Sam_Handwich

            i bet two pickles and a wet-nap you’re wrong

          • Tomcat

            If the two high pressure areas stay where they are a low cannot go into a high area. So I will take your bet.

          • Sam_Handwich
          • Tomcat

            And the high pressure ridge will not allow it to go north.
            However it can go further south and miss the US.

          • Sam_Handwich
          • Sam_Handwich
          • Lazycrockett

            Plus as Harvey moves further north and east, that’s going to almost create a vacuum for Irma to be drawn into. Granted I know next to nothing bout weather patterns.

          • Why doe I see the two orange ridges as thighs? LOL

          • thom

            Yeah, we stayed last year when a Cat 1 hit. Not this time. Getting out early if things dont improve over the next few days

        • FAEN

          Love the city but you have some awfully big roaches.

          • thom

            Lol. U must have met my inlaws

          • FAEN

            LMAO!

      • Tomcat

        Famous last words.

    • safari

      Think of the photo ops Donald could have.

      • Tomcat

        And the chances he will get to forget to actually help the victims.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6GuEswXOXo

      • Joe in PA

        I wonder if Melanoma is deciding which Manolo Blahniks she will wear?

        Wait, too last-season?

      • Librarykid

        Yeah, he could be tied to the tallest tower for the storm’s landfall; of course, his weight alone might cause structural failure, but it will just make the destruction the biggest and best. His meanness is not going unnoticed in the cosmos and his day of reckoning is approaching.

    • Ken M

      And still nothing but “might, could and always a chance of.”

      • safari

        It’s weather: it gave us the foundation idea of chaos theory.

        • Lars Littlefield

          Damn butterfies!

        • Ken M

          They have no excuse not to start praying sooner. Looks like the beaches aren’t going to see much use for labor Day weekend.

      • Tomcat

        That is what one gets 5 days out.

      • Tomcat

        NOAA was correct in their prediction of the last one so they should be able to predict this one by Monday.

    • Bluto

      I wonder who the great religulous minds will blame if Irma directly hits mar a lago.

      • Karl Dubhe

        Obama, and the gay baby whales.

      • FAEN

        Will Alex Jones claim it didn’t happen I wonder.

    • It is moving East — and I do not think it will impact the USA. However, the season is early, and I think we are not out of the woods– I expect an Atlantic cane this year.

    • DumbHairyApe

      Pretty.

  • Tomcat

    America should start a GOFUNDME to advertise it in 2018.

  • Ken M

    Not likely I’m aware, but how much, if any, of this does the GOP have the power to overthrow in there initial budget proposals? A government shutdown wouldn’t go over well with all else the nation is currently dealing with.

  • AtticusP
    • Natty Enquirer

      You don’t have me to kick around anymore.
      https://media.toofab.com/2017/08/18/steve-bannon-snl-1200×630.jpg

      • Melania actually would look forward to this as her husband rather to the Trump she has now. At least she would not have to worry about a prenup when he is six feet under.

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    • MonochromeMouse

      E.All of the above. And that’s my final answer.

      • J Ascher

        Meredith, I’d like to phone a friend. “Dobray utra, Vladkins! How are you today?”

      • he’s going to use the “phone a family member” lifeline.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Treant

      Was he torn apart by a fem-bot as it malfunctioned while it was on top of him?

    • Ken M

      I remember him from nothing else. But I remember him RIP Oscar

    • jmax

      I remember him as the 150-year-old murderer in The Night Strangler TV movie when I was a kid. Really creeped me out.

    • Christopher

      I honestly thought he’d died years ago.

      So sad. R.I.P.

    • Goodboy

      I remember him as always having a great tan. Like he just stepped off the beach.

  • Tomcat

    Wait, doesn’t congress control the budget and not the president?
    He has to provide a budget but they do not have to use it. example Obama.

    • Carl

      I’m no expert but I assume the ACA gives HHS leeway in this.

  • HZ81

    Kunt.

  • Billy Green

    That’s not “letting the law wither.” That’s actively attacking it.

  • MBear

    Asshole

  • Steverino

    Asshole.

    • MBear

      Git outta mah hed

  • Treant

    Asshole.

  • Ken M

    https://farm9.static.flickr.com/8192/8124655458_e814db8690_b.jpg Is it too late in the day to request saving?

    • MT YVR

      (fake screaming) Will no one think of the hairy chests?!! (eeeee) /s 😛

      Honestly though, some cute ones in there. I’d even leave them tied up long enough to see what hair grows in. 😛

    • Sam_Handwich

      ohaiboyz

    • Natty Enquirer

      I volunteer for oiling duty.

    • Ross

      I will NEVER understand why grown men want to look like boys.

      Shaving chest hair is a sin.

  • AtticusP
    • TexasBoy

      Having trouble here in Texas seeing the “Jumps Right Into Action” part.

      • AtticusP

        There should’ve been an asterisk.

        ” * from several hundred miles away”

      • EdmondWherever

        He watched it on TV first hand!

  • dcurlee

    A pos it’s as simple as that

  • JWC

    and the pevish child stikes again

  • Lazycrockett
  • Rocco

    Thankfully/hopefully Trumputin will be removed (or resign) before he can implement the Breitbart agenda. Next battle on the horizon? Whoever comes next…and to GOTV for the mid-terms.

  • Friday

    Well, since they already spent a lot of the budget on *anti* signup ads, that’s probably all they had left to cut. It’s like, *pouring sugar in gas tank, setting off alarm artificially, and throwing keys in bushes.* “See, I told you automobiles don’t work!”

    • jmax

      When all the car needed was a tune-up.

  • Tomcat

    I am betting there are a few billionaires that are Democrats that will be willing to come to the rescue and donate money for advertisement of the ACA enrollment next year. At least I am hoping.

  • canoebum

    This is a violation of his Oath of Office. He swore to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. That doesn’t mean to take them out back and put one behind their ear. Add this to the list of high crimes and misdemeanors.

  • Tomcat

    The DNC should pay some for the ads since the ACA helps them.

  • EdmondWherever

    making good on the president’s threat to let the law wither

    This is NOT how you “let” that happen. It’s how you cause it to happen. I’m not just “letting” someone fall down if I put my foot out in their path.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    The man is altogether evil, but fake god forbid anyone do anything about it. There’s this amendment, I won’t say which, but it would definitely improve the situation.

  • Ken M
  • netxtown

    Back during W’s years, I couldn’t watch the dumb bastard cuz he just irked me. Now, I see this fucking dickhead – and the rage just swells. I so bad want to reach out and wipe that fucking grinch grin clean off his face and stick it up his ass. Fuck I hate him.

  • jimbo65

    Fucking asshole. So obsessed with scrubbing anything to do with Obama. A man who is twice the man he ever could be, and miles better POTUS he will never be.

    • J Ascher

      One cell of Obama is twice the man Trump could ever dream of being!

  • TheManicMechanic

    Privately funded PSAs can help in this situation.

  • The_Wretched

    The wonky types have done the analysis and Obamacare was not dying. this is Trump and his ghouls working to kill it the round about way.

  • JCF

    This is horrible…

    …but it also means that WE have to step up—to inform people about their ACA options, rights and responsibilities.

    • ZRAinSWVA

      I don’t use Twitter, but can’t folks just ‘reply’ to a tRump tweet and switch the topic to an advertisement on the ACA? That way it’ll reach, at least according to him, gazillions of people.

  • Trump is the most hateful, despicable individual. His mannerisms are contrived, nasty, corrupt, and cruel. What a son of a bitch– the Republican Party deserves him. Let’s just see how well they do in the Congressional midterms in 2018 with him at their helm — and let’s just see what the Trump base does if they decide to get rid of his corrupt administration. Damn I really hate this guy with a passion. He deserves to be harangued by Ann Coulter and billions of Houston’s flooded out fire ants in hell for eternity.

    • Salton

      So do I.

      • Except for Nazis and KKK types, , I really do not hate most people, I am a pretty mellow individual. Amazing how Trump has managed to break through my general laid backness.

        • Salton

          It’s perfectly normal to hate what is despicable, and 45 is! Sad.

  • netxtown

    Once again, the orange dumbass is proven wrong, unless of course he considers compassion a crime.

    https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Trapped-Mexican-Bakers-Awaiting-Rescue-Feed-Harvey-Victims-20170831-0019.html

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