On Friday, Joshua Kushner, the founder of Oscar Health Insurance, got together with his company’s CEO to publish an editorial on Axios that sings the praises of Obamacare.
If that name sounds familiar to you, it should: Joshua is Jared Kushner’s brother.
A falling apple’s distance from a tree notwithstanding, Kushner (the one we’re talking about today) makes some excellent points in the piece, not least of which is the fact that it’s pretty hard to put a genie back in a bottle, so to speak:
It will be hard — after four years where tens of millions of Americans have gained access to health insurance — for the administration to erase the virtues of an individual market where consumers choose their health plan and no one is discriminated against based on health status.”
But the meat of the article is in the fact that Kushner and Oscar CEO Maria Schlosser really pull no punches in their direct criticism of Donald Trump, his policies, and his executive orders so far in the effort to repeal Barack Obama’s landmark, signature legislation. The two of them write almost furiously about the fact that Trump has obfuscated enrollment periods and planned for extended outages to the government’s sign-up website, Healthcare.Gov, during times when people actually have days off and time to enroll:
The biggest threat to a strong open enrollment period is consumer confusion. That’s why our outreach this year, themed “Get Covered,” is so focused on educating Americans on the importance of health insurance. We were the first to launch our open enrollment ads six weeks ago. And when HealthCare.gov is down for maintenance every Sunday, Oscar will be up — consumers in our states will be able to get subsidized coverage on our website.”
In the end, the founders of the fledgling insurance startup are certain that the individual market can weather the ups and downs that private markets have in the past. And more importantly, they argue that the government contribution to health insurance is necessary.
It’s hard to believe that anyone connected to Trump, even peripherally, would be bold enough to criticize his actions so publicly. But we’re sure glad he did.
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