Biden Signs Order Restoring Access to Obamacare, Medicaid

By Kevin Deutsch
kdeutsch@bronxjusticenews.com

President Joe Biden on Thursday signed an executive order restoring access to Obamacare and Medicaid for scores of struggling Americans, stating he was undoing “the damage” caused by President Trump.

“I’m not initiating any new law, any new aspect of the law,” Biden said during remarks from the Oval Office.

Rather, Biden said he was “restoring the Affordable Care Act and restoring the Medicaid to the way it was before Trump became president, which by fiat he changed, made more inaccessible, more expensive and more difficult for people to qualify for either of those two items.”

Biden’s actions Thursday mean the government’s insurance signup portal HealthCare.gov – whose enrollment periods shrank on Trump’s orders –  will open for a special enrollment period from February 15 to May 15.

The president also issued orders aimed at broadening access to care, including for people with pre-existing conditions.

About Kevin Deutsch 262 Articles
Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.