Health and Human Services Dept.: Itâ€™s not an â€˜exchange,â€™ itâ€™s a â€˜marketplaceâ€™
Reacting to negative views and grassroots opposition to Obamacare â€” or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act â€” the Health and Human Services Department has dropped all references to â€œexchangesâ€ in favor of something that rings more of capitalism.
Press statements from HHS now refer to health insurance â€œmarketplaces,â€ not exchanges, in each state.
As Georgetown University Health Policy Institute reported on Jan. 17: â€œThis week, [HHS] began a major push to educate the public about the new health insurance options available â€¦ including the newly-named Health Insurance Marketplace, formerly known as the Federally Facilitated Exchange.â€
Obamacare opponents are hardly impressed â€” or fooled.
FreedomWorks, a grassroots group with a mission to advance free market and limited government principles throughout the nation, operates a website dedicated entirely to halting the exchanges, www.blockexchanges.com.
Dean Clancy, the director of health-care policy for the group, said the name-change was indicative of desperation on the part of the administration to boost Obamacare favorability ratings.