People need health insurance during this pandemic especially if they were fired from their job. Without health insurance, you will not have sufficient health care access. However, Trump has stupidly decided not to extend an open enrollment period for health insurance despite the public health crisis and an array of other initiatives meant to prevent health emergencies from bankrupting Americans.
Trump had kept alive the idea of expanding the open enrollment period for health coverage due to the crisis, even though his administration is still arguing in the Supreme Court that the law is unconstitutional.
‘It’s something we’re talking to a lot of people about. We’ll see what happens,’ Trump said last month. What does that mean?!?
The idea, which had been run by private ensurers who participate in the plan in advance, would have been to extend the deadline. But the Healthcare.gov website said that ‘2020 Open Enrollment is Over. The White House did not provide an explanation for the decision. Neither did the Health and Human Services Department.
Last week, former Vice President Joe Biden demanded the federal government abandon efforts to seek to have the law ruled unconstitutional by citing the impacts of the coronavirus. Biden released a letter to Trump and state attorneys general slamming the ongoing lawsuit.
“At a time of national emergency, which is laying bare the existing vulnerabilities in our public health infrastructure, it is unconscionable that you are continuing to pursue a lawsuit designed to strip millions of Americans of their health insurance and protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the ban on insurers denying coverage or raising premiums due to pre-existing conditions,” Biden wrote.