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.