The White House will continue encouraging people to sign up for health insurance during the ongoing open enrollment period, even with the threat of a repeal of Obamacare under President-elect Donald Trump.
“This administration is going to continue to make a strong case that people should go to HealthCare.gov, consider the options that are available to them, and the vast majority who do will be able to purchase health insurance for $75 a month or less,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said at a press briefing Wednesday. “We want to make sure that as many Americans as possible understand the opportunity that’s available to them.”
Republicans are jumping at the opportunity to finally follow through on their vow to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act after sweeping the White House, Senate and House of Representatives Tuesday. Though it’s not entirely clear how Republicans would replace the law, both House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have indicated its a top priority for 2017.
The White House, however, won’t relent on encouraging the success of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement in the final days of the administration, Earnest said.
“We’re going to be committed to doing everything we can do ensure the success of those policies between now and Jan. 20,” Earnest said.
Trump will be sworn into office eleven days before the end of the open enrollment sign-up period.
Democrats in recent weeks have stressed that repealing the lead could take away coverage for about 20 million people and put at risk consumer protections that all Americans now have under the law.
“The president-elect when he enters office will have his own opportunity to determine the course of health care policy in this country in the way that he sees fit,” Earnest said. “It’s going to require some cooperation with congress, and that won’t be easy.”