The Obama administration is proposed rule changes Friday evening that would allow federal officials to switch Obamacare customers’ health insurance plans without their consent.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a 324-page proposed rule centering around 35 different areas of Obamacare in 2016 late Friday afternoon, saying they centered around keeping premiums low for customers. One of the many changes would widen the administration’s job on getting people to re-enroll.
The administration had originally planned to auto-enroll customers who don’t take action to either renew or cancel their coverage. Now they also want the ability to unilaterally switch those customers into different health insurance plans entirely.
The auto-enrollment plan attracted pushback from experts and consumer advocates who pointed out that customers who renewed their old plans, instead of picking a new one each year, would be in store for large premium rate hikes.