The federal agency that brought us Pajama Boy has failed yet again in a social-media effort to promote Obamacare.
This morning, the ever-unsavvy Health and Human Services secretary, Sylvia Burwell, asked Americans to “share how this law has impacted you” under the hashtag #CoverageMatters.
— Sylvia Burwell (@SecBurwell) November 22, 2016
But this year’s enrollment season opened on a particularly bleak note, with the federal government admitting that pre-subsidy premium costs would increase by 25 percent.
And options for health coverage have also dwindled as insurers struggle with the ballooning costs of caring for a sicker, older pool of insured. Whereas 232 insurers sold insurance on the exchanges when Obamacare launched, consumers now choose from just 167 options. And in many states, they have just a single insurer available.
So the response to Burwell’s tweet campaign was predictable.
— Wally Zimolong (@WallyZimolong) November 22, 2016
— Larry W Young (@golfnutlex169) November 22, 2016
— Rob Schneider (@hokirob) November 22, 2016
My dad and the employees of our small business can't afford healthcare. Cheaper to pay the tax (can't afford that either) #CoverageMatters
— Sean Horan (@seanh303) November 22, 2016
— Shannon J 🎼☀️💖 (@anImaginaryEcho) November 22, 2016
Anyone else from California remember when most of the doctors refused to take Obamacare after they stopped getting paid… #CoverageMatters
— Moxi (@realMoxi) November 22, 2016
#CoverageMatters Especially when it comes to comb-overs.
— Boris McCheesy (@BorisMcChesney) November 22, 2016
— Frankenbolt (@FrankenboltMD) November 22, 2016
You're telling me that a 300% increase in premiums and a $40,000 deductible under Obamacare is "coverage"? #CoverageMatters
— Ken Diesel, PhD (@KenDiesel) November 22, 2016
Can't afford to have it, can't afford not to have it, this plan sucks. #CoverageMatters
— mreigle (@mreigle) November 22, 2016
#CoverageMatters tell that to all my friends who lost their doctors. And those who cannot pay huge premiums
— Most Deplorable (@Acesmom1955) November 22, 2016
— Ryan Bomberger (@ryanbomberger) November 22, 2016
— Kierstin Koppel (@Kierstin_Koppel) November 22, 2016
— Margie4Trump2020 (@Margie1820) November 22, 2016
— Jillian Kay Melchior writes for Heat Street and is a fellow for the Steamboat Institute and the Independent Women’s Forum.