Although the prospect is highly unlikely, the Trump administration could take actions that would make this year's signups for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act successful. However, most of the actions taken by the administration thus far have instead discouraged such efforts and made them more difficult. 

The Huffington Post reports on an interview with Andy Slavitt, former administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in which Slavitt descibes actions that could result in a successful enrollment period, short though it will be this year, and highlights the measurability of the results of Trump administration actions. 

Thus far, the administration's actions appear designed to hobble the ACA. In fact, Trump has been outspoken about it, saying repeatedly that he intended to "let Obamacare fail" and even claiming that it is already doing so. However, administration claims that the program is "failing" have been contradicted by a government report, despite a PBS report enumerating actions taken by the Trump administration that have ended ACA contracts, cutting access to assistance for shoppers for health coverage on the exchanges and reducing the number of places they can go for help. 

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