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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, November 02, 2017 1:00 am

Democrats urging Hoosiers to sign up

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democrats are urging Hoosiers to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act following cuts to the advertising budget of the program.

The enrollment period opened Wednesday and goes until Dec. 15. Last year, you could sign up through Jan. 31, but the Trump administration halved the timeline.

According to CNN, the advertising budget has been cut from $100 million to $10 million nationwide. In 2016, about 9.2 million people signed up for health coverage through the federal exchange.

On Twitter, former President Barack Obama urged people to look at their options at

“Hoosiers will face more obstacles than ever before,” said John Zody, chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party.

He said the Trump administration has sabotaged the program by scrapping subsidies paid to insurance companies to provide the coverage; cutting the budget for advertising and for navigators who help people examine their coverage choices; and limiting the enrollment period. Zody said these are either cruel actions by Washington Republicans or moves made out of spite to destabilize the health care market.

“Republicans are hamstringing the markets and preventing the law from working as intended,” he said.