Washington, Apr. 2 - The administration of President Donald Trump refused to reopen the inscriptions of the health law known as Obamacare during the pandemic of the new coronavirus, US media reported.
Democratic politicians and insurers had called to create a special registration window for millions of people who lack health coverage, when the country is hit hard by the pandemic that has already caused some 4,000 deaths.
According to The New York Times, the option to reopen markets, in what is known as a special enrollment period, would have made it easier for people who recently lost their jobs or who no longer had insurance to get one.
The U.S. government has established such special enrollment periods in the past, generally following natural disasters, and the Trump administration has been considering the action for several weeks.
However, a White House official told the newspaper and the publication Politico that the executive will not reopen the site for a special registration period, and that he is exploring other options.
Last week the president confirmed that he was seriously considering reopening the Obamacare markets , but he also reiterated his support for a lawsuit filed by several Republican-majority states that want the health care law eliminated.
Since coming to power in January 2017, the president and legislators of the Red Force have advocated repealing the law and approving a new regulation, but so far they have failed to finalize any proposal to replace the existing one.
The decision not to reopen Obamacare registrations will not prevent Americans who recently lost their jobs from obtaining health insurance if they wish, as they may qualify for coverage in the markets.
But the Times explained that they are required to submit documents that would not be needed during a special enrollment period, which would also have favored those who previously opted not to buy health insurance this year, but who do want it now.
Many Democratic politicians criticized the decision on Wednesday, considering it insensitive to the needs of the people in a time of crisis.
Amid a global pandemic, Washington Republicans continue their crusade against the health and safety of the American public.
By preventing uninsured COVID-19 patients from receiving medical care, Trump and his allies have decided to bankrupt families, the Congressional Democratic Campaign Committee said. (Text and Photo: PL)