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Happy Pick-Your-Insurance Day!

Sub­ject line: “Tomor­row is a big deal but Pres­i­dent Trump doesn’t want you to know about it.” Well, that’s one way to stand out in my email inbox. The sender is my state’s senior U.S. Sen­a­tor, Jeanne Sha­heen, and the mes­sage is from her Sen­ate account, not a cam­paign address.

“…Novem­ber 1st, through Decem­ber 15th, you have the oppor­tu­nity to sign up for a new health insur­ance plan or change your exist­ing plan through the Afford­able Care Act, also known as Oba­macare. Despite the many attempts by Pres­i­dent Trump and Repub­li­can lead­er­ship to repeal Oba­macare, it remains the law of the land. As you con­sider your health­care options, it’s impor­tant to note that there have been many changes to avail­able plans. Instead of just sign­ing up for the same plan for 2018, I encour­age you to shop around …”

Stop. Just stop. But no, there’s more:

“The Trump admin­is­tra­tion has been try­ing to keep Gran­ite Staters in the dark about this impor­tant signup period by slash­ing open enroll­ment adver­tis­ing by 90 per­cent, cut­ting the open enroll­ment period in half and defund­ing sup­port staff that assist with sign­ing up. So, friends, it’s up to each of us to get the word out to fam­ily mem­bers and friends that the enroll­ment period is about to get underway.”

Con­sider your­self informed. You’re welcome.

As I have expressed at pos­si­bly tire­some length since last year’s cam­paign, I hold no brief for Pres­i­dent Trump. Of all the things for me to hold against him, though, try­ing to keep me in the dark about the admin­is­tra­tive details of Oba­macare isn’t one of them.

There are things about Oba­macare that bother me a lot more than open enroll­ment adver­tis­ing being “slashed” by 90 per­cent — its effect on con­science rights, for one thing; its cost, for another.

I won’t be sign­ing up for insur­ance on the “Afford­able” Care Act’s exchange today, or tomor­row, or any­time before Decem­ber 15. It isn’t afford­able. Instead, I’ll be check­ing with my healthshare plan, Sol­i­dar­ity HealthShare, to see if there’s going to be any adjust­ment in my monthly fee, which I can afford.

I’m sup­posed to be upset about how Trump’s han­dling Obamacare?

My state’s senior Sen­a­tor is right about this much: Oba­macare is still the law of the land. It will remain so, I fear, until fed­eral leg­is­la­tors like her are forced to go on their home states’ insur­ance exchanges to find health care cov­er­age. I can visu­al­ize my sen­a­tor get­ting a breezy campaign-​style email assur­ing her “you have the oppor­tu­nity to sign up!”

She might even be as enthu­si­as­tic as I am.

Ellen Kolb is a writer and pro-​life activist liv­ing in New Hamp­shire. She blogs at ellenkolb​.com and Leaven for the Loaf.

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Subject line: “Tomorrow is a big deal but President Trump doesn’t want you to know about it.” Well, that’s one way to stand out in my email inbox. The sender is my state’s senior U.S. Senator, Jeanne Shaheen, and the message is from her Senate account, not a campaign address.

“…November 1st, through December 15th, you have the opportunity to sign up for a new health insurance plan or change your existing plan through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Despite the many attempts by President Trump and Republican leadership to repeal Obamacare, it remains the law of the land. As you consider your healthcare options, it’s important to note that there have been many changes to available plans. Instead of just signing up for the same plan for 2018, I encourage you to shop around …”

Stop. Just stop. But no, there’s more:

“The Trump administration has been trying to keep Granite Staters in the dark about this important signup period by slashing open enrollment advertising by 90 percent, cutting the open enrollment period in half and defunding support staff that assist with signing up. So, friends, it’s up to each of us to get the word out to family members and friends that the enrollment period is about to get underway.” 

Consider yourself informed. You’re welcome.

As I have expressed at possibly tiresome length since last year’s campaign, I hold no brief for President Trump. Of all the things for me to hold against him, though, trying to keep me in the dark about the administrative details of Obamacare isn’t one of them.

There are things about Obamacare that bother me a lot more than open enrollment advertising being “slashed” by 90 percent – its effect on conscience rights, for one thing; its cost, for another.

I won’t be signing up for insurance on the “Affordable” Care Act’s exchange today, or tomorrow, or anytime before December 15. It isn’t affordable. Instead, I’ll be checking with my healthshare plan, Solidarity HealthShare, to see if there’s going to be any adjustment in my monthly fee, which I can afford.

I’m supposed to be upset about how Trump’s handling Obamacare?

My state’s senior Senator is right about this much: Obamacare is still the law of the land. It will remain so, I fear, until federal legislators like her are forced to go on their home states’ insurance exchanges to find health care coverage. I can visualize my senator getting a breezy campaign-style email assuring her “you have the opportunity to sign up!”

She might even be as enthusiastic as I am.

Ellen Kolb is a writer and pro-life activist living in New Hampshire. She blogs at ellenkolb.com and Leaven for the Loaf. 

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