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      house Committees
      House Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedApril 26th, 2018

What is it?

This bill ― the Easy Enrollment Act of 2018 ― would aim to improve the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) by aligning its open enrollment period with federal tax season. Under current law the open enrollment period is at the end of the year.

Impact

People in need of health insurance; health insurance exchanges; healthcare providers.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthCongressman Ami Bera (D-CA) introduced this bill to move the Obamacare open enrollment period from the holiday season to tax season in April:

“As a doctor, I know that health care is extremely personal. Too many hardworking families have been left out or left behind by premiums and deductibles they can’t afford. Americans deserve a plan that protects their current health care coverage, expands enrollment, and reduces costs for everyone.”

This legislation has the support of seven cosponsors, all of whom are Democrats. The bill, along with the Pathway to Universal Enrollment Act, have been touted by Democrats as proposals that would build on the successes of Obamacare.


Of NoteCurrent open enrollment periods coincide with the Holiday Season, which is the most economically stressful season for most Americans, which does not encourage enrollment in such services as health care. This effort would align open enrollment periods with tax return season to encourage enrollment when funds are flush. About 28.5 million Americans remain uninsured.


Media:

Summary by Lucas McConnell

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AKA

Easy Enrollment Act of 2018

Official Title

To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to align open enrollment periods for Exchange plans with the deadline for filing Federal income tax returns, and for other purposes.

    Our government should do everything in its power to improve the lives of it’s people. Healthcare is vitally essential to that goal.
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    ‘Open enrollment’ is just another way to eliminate competition. One should be able to enroll or cancel their insurance whenever they want to. Just like they should be able to subscribe to what coverage they want - and accepting the risk of no coverage.
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    Strengthen the ACA until we can get single payer passed forever. The ACA doesn't go far enough, but let's defend it until we can get all the way.
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    The only thing we should be doing with Obamacare is repealing it.
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    Though well intended, this bill is not addressing the root of the problem. 45's administration is actively trying to kill Obamacare. At any rate, what this country needs is Single Payer Universal Healthcare or Medicare for all. It is shameful that we are the richest nation on earth and yet the only industrialized one wherin it's citizens are bankrupted by getting sick.
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    Obamacare needs to disappear completely and let the market take care of itself.
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    This seems like a pretty common-sense bill. It should help make the enrollment period a little more convenient. However, what we really need to do is enact a Medicare-for-all healthcare program! It’s time to end the stranglehold that private health insurance companies have over our healthcare!
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    The problem with Obama’s care is all those that had insurance before Obamacare lost it case in point. I make 50,000 roughly a year my premiums went from 400 month to 1300 a month so I dropped it because we could not afford it twice what my house payment was what a joke Unaffordable Obamacare so shut up about affordability premium was 2500 a year 4 person household my son lost his Insurance and My son in law couldn’t afford it so that’s three families without healthcare
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    We need to repeal Obamacare and turn it into a free market healthcare system. That means we won’t have to pay a Obamacare fee when we invest in stock. We could just make the deals we choose in the healthcare system
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    Until we get Single Payer, this would be a good move to spread Obamacare.
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    Doing it during the holidays has always been a scheme to prevent people from enrolling. Everyone is busy and broke with holidays. During or right before tax season makes far more sense. That’s when we are focusing on family finances and all caught up. We really need a universal single payer healthcare though. That solves all the problems at once.
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    Makes it easier to remember. Single Payer would better but the ACA is the only reason I and millions more have insurance. It’s disgusting and shameful that the GOP wants to kill everything that saves American lives and work, to fatten their own pockets
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    This seems pretty logical until we switch to a better universal system.
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    We need healthcare for ALL in this country. We pay for it one way or another people. Healthcare was the number one cause of bankruptcy before the ACA. I personally am tired of paying for those who CHOOSE not to have coverage because they are scamming the system. The poor and elderly cannot afford insurance premiums. The insurance industry is raping people in this country to wine and dine congress. Everybody must pay. We are the only industrialized nation that does not provide healthcare for its citizenry. That is SWAMP!
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    Why? Open enrollment for all health care providers is the same, at the end of the calendar year. Why get clunky and move the ACA to April? This makes no sense. C’mon Democrats, this is what you’re getting together about? How about get a Platform that resonates with people so we have a reason to support you.
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    Tying open enrollment to the tax season makes sense, including making it a part of filling taxes. What would make more sense would be to not have to re-enroll every year. Going to a single payer or Medicare for All system would eliminate the need for annual enrollment, would provide coverage for everyone, reduce out of pocket premiums (possibly to nothing), and assure coverage no matter where you are. Competition does not work in healthcare.
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    Universal single payer healthcare, cradle to grave. You all pay for all healthcare already. You just pay it through insurance companies and hospital corporations. That’s why your aspirin costs $25. Wise up!
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    I don’t like obama care period. No one should force me to buy health care. I haven’t been sick since 12 years old.
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    It would help in forecasting cost and be in the forefront of the minds of Legislature.
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    No it should be repealed!!
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