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Obama Makes Push For People to Sign up for Health Insurance

Budget cuts by the Trump administration could decrease enrollment numbers this year.

President Obama Pushes For People to Sign up for Health insurance
CHARLOTTE, NC, USA - JULY 5, 2016: President Barack Obama at ease while he delivers a speech at a campaign rally for the presumptive democratic nominee at the Charlotte Convention Center/Shutterstock

Amid budget cuts in the advertising budget for the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, former President Barack Obama is using social media to encourage people to sign up for health insurance.

According to CNBC, health insurance sign-ups are lower this year because of changes enacted by President Donald Trump and Congress. The budget for advertising was cut by 90 percent to $10 million last year.

“No jump shots. No ferns. No memes. Not this time. I’m going to give it to you straight: If you need health insurance for 2019, the deadline to get covered is December 15. Go to http://HealthCare.gov  today and pass this on — you just might save a life,” Obama wrote on his Twitter page on Monday.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sander, and future House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi have also tried to get people health coverage, which is down by 11 percent this year on HealthCare.gov.

Open enrollment runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 in most states and those who don’t sign up won’t be able to sign up for an ACA plan until fall of 2019.

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