After the GOP was unable to kill the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Trump administration began slowly, quietly smothering it. It cut this year’s enrollment period in half. Then it cut the advertising budget used to tell people when and how to enroll by 90 percent.

It pro-rated the grants to groups that help people enroll based on their success last year, making it difficult for new organizations to join the fight. The grants that are being awarded are delayed until just before the start of the enrollment period. Most of these groups are non-profits and can’t act until they receive funds. Many Americans don’t realize the ACA is being smothered right before their eyes.

There are groups not only staying informed, but picking up the ball Trump and the GOP intentionally grounded and running with it. One group, the ACA Sign up Project, used supporters’ social media accounts for a one-time post of enrollment dates and other information. On Saturday, Sept. 9, around 6 million Americans awoke to see what Trump didn’t want Americans thinking about. Groups like this one are working in their own communities all around the country.

Wendy LaFauce

Belvidere, Illinois

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