During the global pandemic, unemployment has ballooned in the United States.
Not only do those people need unemployment benefits, which Congress addressed in the relief package created in the Democratically controlled House of Representatives, but many also lost their health insurance with their jobs.
However Congress already addressed that when the Affordable Care Act was passed. The law provides a provision for the executive branch to reopen enrollment during periods of extraordinary need.
But the White House under the direction of President Donald Trump decided to deny the newly uninsured in the United States that opportunity.
A White House spokesperson said the Trump administration is exploring other options.
There is no end to the cruelty and malignancy of @realdonaldJtrump and his horrifying administration. His overwhel… https://t.co/3n8F3ZIKBQ— bettemidler (@bettemidler)1585758025.0
While the decision surprised few, they still expressed their displeasure on social media.
Millions are losing their jobs and health care at a rate never before seen in American history. @realDonaldTrump’s… https://t.co/zZECMDzuCq— Bernie Sanders (@Bernie Sanders)1585753584.0
When Trump was asked whether he'd expand Obamacare, and Medicaid for ppl who'd lost their job and insurance, he gav… https://t.co/v52JLOTGag— Bill Madden (@Bill Madden)1585264501.0
BREAKING: Obamacare Markets Will Not Reopen—Trump Decides. The move would have made it much easier for people who’v… https://t.co/wmnIcrnAUE— Arctic Friend (@Arctic Friend)1585760381.0
Trump and the Republicans are trying to kick millions of Americans off their health insurance IN THE MIDDLE OF A PA… https://t.co/acABI58ziw— Dan Pfeiffer (@Dan Pfeiffer)1585580270.0
“Let them eat cake.” Trump decides that Americans do not need emergency access to medical insurance The idiots in… https://t.co/3jIAlYYt5V— Denise Dewald, MD (@Denise Dewald, MD)1585757450.0
Now it’s official – the #COVID19 crisis rages and Trump refuses to allow people to find insurance through the #ACA.… https://t.co/rnhlFwJlU0— Sheldon Whitehouse (@Sheldon Whitehouse)1585754737.0
To make matters worse, millions of Americans who lose their jobs could be forced off of their health insurance, at… https://t.co/IGknWVqxut— Deb Haaland (@Deb Haaland)1585771257.0
Sure, because when the lives of millions of Americans are threatened, the natural thing to do is take away their he… https://t.co/hAzyJUmfce— Bardsblond (@Bardsblond)1585758305.0
In the middle of a pandemic Donald Trump decides Obamacare markets will not reopen next year. This directly impacts… https://t.co/TUTezj4mYf— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo)1585763100.0
Nobody really needs health insurance right now anyway right? @realDonaldTrump Obamacare Markets Will Not Reopen,… https://t.co/BW8e2Uhvy3— NoelCaslerComedy (@NoelCaslerComedy)1585767100.0
At what point can we just start calling this a passive genocide? https://t.co/g2B0zRyN7g— andi zeisler (@andi zeisler)1585775849.0
And many are calling for people to remember this decision in November.
America remember: 5000 dead, 240,000 predicted., and this President refuses to reopen enrollment to Obamacare allow… https://t.co/a1PzZEh5ZC— Wendell Pierce (@Wendell Pierce)1585770564.0
The Affordable Care Act allows the government to reopen health insurance exchanges for uninsured people to get cove… https://t.co/GQXAZYYYjr— Jeffrey Young (@Jeffrey Young)1585747727.0
I’m outraged that the CDC says they expect a MINIMUM of 97,000 more people may die. Outraged that this admin wont… https://t.co/hZP2CgG7Lr— Joe Kennedy III (@Joe Kennedy III)1585772907.0
As of Wednesday, April 1, the 2020 election is 215 days away. In addition to the President, all members of the House of Representatives and 35 members of the Senate up for reelection.