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Obamacare Markets Will Not Reopen, Trump Decides

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Time president trump says he will not re open obamacare enrollment for those Americans who have lost their jobs their health insurance because of the outbreak the instead we're going to try and get a cash payment to the people and we're working out the mechanics of that with the legislature so we're going to try to get them a cash payment because just opening it up doesn't help as much A. B. C. news correspondent Karen Travers is with us again this morning from Washington DC because any further explanation as to why health care insurance would be denied to these people you know they really four two days Wednesday and Thursday were kind of dancing around the question about we opening exchanges in fact when the vice president of athletics on Wednesday spoke for several minutes the president complimented him on not even answering it he actually said you know wow that was an amazing night after their by the vice president but the bottom line is they're not going to reopen the obamacare exchanges the involvement period that ended in mid December in most parts of the country and you know how that works it's a couple weeks you have a chance if not that's it until the next year there's been a big push in recent days for them to re open this because now people might be rethinking not having insurance because of concerns about getting corona virus and what that cost of treatment could be like now there are a couple exceptions here so if you have lost your health insurance through your job because you lost your job right now you do have sixty days to enroll in obamacare if you never had health insurance and you lost your job you might qualify for Medicaid if you don't fit into one of those categories you could still get this through your state Washington state is one of the eleven plus defeat that are running their own exchanges and have made those exchanges open to enrollment right now so a couple ways you can still do it even if the old the trump administration says we're not reopen next at the federal level Karen are there any specifics yet on those direct payments to governments promising you know they're still saying that this is going to get out quickly the secretary of the treasury without in the briefing room and said you know we are going to do this as fast as possible they don't want to mail checks that they don't have to they want to do that quickly into checking account direct deposit because they know people need it so this should be coming in the next few days for most Americans and the Americans now the question of course is going to be is that enough and I think even after the president give the inquisitive and dry and the two trillion dollars aid relief package there is already talk about what round four is going to look like and that next batch of cash that Americans and small businesses are going to need very quickly yesterday's briefing was over two hours in length and I noticed that the the president's son in law Jared Kushner was brought out what's his role in all of this you know he had the unique position in the administration of the senior adviser and son in law and that kind of gives you the latitude to jump in on the issue I think when you would like to see not formally a member of the task force as it would pull it out through the White House order but he is now according to our sources playing a bigger role in the coordination and the federal and state effort on that working with states working with hospitals he went to great detail about trying to make phone calls yesterday to get things ready for New York and I'm get desperately needed medical supplies and equipment I think the bottom line at you know like present tense the charge of the task force Dr Bergsma the White House response coordinator on coronavirus your question has a very unique and special edition of the son in law but he can jump and like that all right Keren thanks have a great weekend ABC's Karen Travers with us from Washington