VIDEO: In an Effort to Combat President Trump’s ACA Sabotage, Rep. Quigley Spreads the Word About the Start of Open Enrollment
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) delivered the following video message reminder about the start of the open enrollment period for 2018, which begins today and runs through December 15. After President Trump cut the open enrollment period in half and slashed outreach and advertising spending by 90 percent, Rep. Quigley is working to spread the word and encourage Chicagoans to visit healthcare.gov to get covered with quality, affordable care.
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Hello, I’m Congressman Mike Quigley from Chicago.
While you continue to enjoy your Halloween candy, I want to deliver an important reminder about ACA Open Enrollment, which begins today and runs through December 15.
Over the past seven years, millions of Americans have benefited from the Affordable Care Act’s cost-savings and patient protections. In Illinois, more than 350,000 people are enrolled in plans purchased through the exchange, including over 18,000 in the Fifth District.
I’m speaking with you today because despite the ACA’s undeniable benefits and success, including the lowest uninsured rate in American history, the Trump Administration has intentionally sought to sabotage this enrollment period, which is just 45 days long – the shortest sign-up window in the law’s history.
The Administration has cut outreach and advertising spending by 90 percent, slashed funding for enrollment groups, and scheduled extensive “website maintenance” on Sundays, a day when most people have the time and flexibility to go online.
My colleagues and I are sounding the alarm because we know that hardworking Americans, like you, lead busy lives and may not have heard about the start of open enrollment or the fast-approaching deadline to sign up for coverage.
I want to make certain my constituents know how to renew their current plan or review additional options for quality, affordable care.
With the holiday season upon us, the enrollment period will be over before we know it. So, please be sure to visit healthcare.gov for more information and get covered today!