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Trump Won’t Help Americans Get Health Coverage, So Obama Is Stepping In

Former President Barack Obama has generally stayed out of the spotlight since he left office. But earlier today he released a video announcing the start of Obamacare’s enrollment period and encouraging uninsured Americans to get covered.

I have to admit, this is a head-scratcher. You see, Healthcare.gov is a government program. Typically, the White House and Health and Human Services would urge Americans to take advantage of federal benefits. But it appears no one told that to President Donald Trump.

The Trump administration has not taken steps to promote Obamacare enrollment. If anything, Trump himself has actively discouraged people to sign up for the program he tried to repeal. He also cut the budget for Obamacare advertising by 90 percent and slashed in-person outreach by 72 percent.

On Wednesday, when Obamacare’s open enrollment period kicked off, the president of the United States wasn’t tweeting about the ability to enroll. Instead, he was on a riff about repealing the law’s mandate to purchase coverage.

“Wouldn’t it be great to Repeal the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate in ObamaCare and use those savings for further Tax Cuts for the Middle Class. The House and Senate should consider ASAP as the process of final approval moves along. Push Biggest Tax Cuts EVER, Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.

While Trump actively works to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, President Obama and a group of concerned Americans have taken things into their own hands.

A new group called ‘Get America Covered’ was founded by the people who used to run the health care law. The group recruited the president to create this PSA.

This isn’t how outreach for government programs usually work — but then again, having an administration actively try to sabotage a government program it manages isn’t how things usually work, either.

Watch the PSA below and be sure to share it with everyone you know.

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