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Obamacare: 9.2 Million Sign Up Amid GOP Repeal Push

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Obamacare: 9.2 Million Sign Up Amid GOP Repeal Push


(Reuters) – More than 9.2 million U.S. consumers signed up for health insurance using the Healthcare.gov website during the open enrollment period between November and Jan. 31, the U.S. government said on Friday.

Enrollment was down from 9.7 million a year ago but the decline was smaller than some had predicted amid President Donald Trump’s push to overturn former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform under which the plans are sold.

With several insurers pulling out over rising costs, and Republican congressional efforts to scuttle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare, the enrollment period was seen as a test of the program’s popularity. HealthCare.gov sells health insurance under the ACA for 39 states. The remaining states run their own exchanges. The total number of plan selections across all states for the entire open enrollment period will be released in March.

Average premiums for the second-lowest cost silver plan rose 25 percent compared with the previous year. At the same time the number of insurance providers choosing to participate in the exchanges fell by 28 percent.

Of the 9.2 million, about 3 million were new consumers while 6.2 million were returning consumers. The figures include any cancellations that occurred during the period.

Trump’s surprise victory in early November as the enrollment period got underway created serious doubts about whether people would sign up for the insurance program.

A move by the Trump administration to pull television ads reminding consumers that the enrollment deadline was approaching likely contributed to the dropoff.

“This may have cost about 500,000 additional enrollments,” said Ron Pollack, executive director of healthcare consumer advocacy group Families USA, in a statement, calling the move an “attempt to sabotage enrollment.”

“And despite all that, millions of consumers still got their insurance through the ACA,” Pollack said.

Meanwhile, Republican efforts to repeal the healthcare law have stumbled over an inability so far to come up with a comprehensive replacement plan.

Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee this week said changes to the law would be made in “chunks” and would be better labeled a “repair.”

(Reporting by Toni Clarke in Washington and Bill Berkrot in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Andrew Hay)



  1. Wayne Anderson February 4, 2017

    Jim Jordan of Ohio, tea party darling and all-around sweetheart, is pushing a repeal of the ACA WITHOUT REPLACEMENT!
    Since we know what we’re dealing with, NO MERCY.
    Healthcare for 20+ million Americans scuttled by a handful of assholes with some of the best healthcare in all of creation.
    Are we gonna let ’em???
    Call your reps, visit their offices, take the fight to the bastards.
    There is no other way.

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    2. dbtheonly February 5, 2017

      Would only add that the Hospitals need to be involved too, as the cost of care for the uninsured is going to be borne by the Hospitals through their Emergency Rooms.

      1. Dan S February 5, 2017

        My wife who’s a nurse can attest to the fact the ACA is working. While ERs continue to get overrun with bed shortages more people are being admitted with health insurance and not being subsidized on the taxpayers dime. I can’t understand why the GOP want to repeal a program that’s saving lives and money. Go figure ????

        1. dbtheonly February 5, 2017

          The Republicans aren’t opposed to saving money. They’re opposed to Obamacare. I was only partly partly joking when I suggested renaming it TrumpCare. It’s only the name that’s objectionable.

          You saw the news report, a few weeks ago? The Trump Supporter was complaining that Congress was wasting their time dealing with the ACA, she wanted them to repeal Obamacare,

  2. rhetoric_phobic February 5, 2017

    The majority who really won this election need to fight for this as though our lives depend on it. Someone’s life does and they need our collective voice and anger at the injustice of repealing it.

    A mere 27% of ALL registered voters supported Trump in the election. 73% of ALL registered voters either voted for Hillary, wrote in alternate names as they didn’t like either candidate or sat in out because they didn’t like either candidate. It’s already been established more people voted for Hillary and won the popular vote. There are no valid arguments to the contrary.

    Hillary is out of the picture now. What remains is the 73%, the majority, who either despise Trump or at the very least didn’t like him enough to bother to vote for him. Since that time, he’s done nothing to prove any of the 73% majority were wrong in their initial assessments. Just the opposite, in fact. He has reinforced their correct assessments.

    Trump has made it clear, anyone who didn’t support him in the election is “the enemy”.

    Recently in a closed door session when they trying to figure out how they were going to get out of repealing the ACA without a plan, a congressional member who was taped, referred to those who didn’t support Trump, as “the enemy”.

    So keep in mind if you live in a place where your representative is a republican and you didn’t support Trump, you are the enemy.

    Also keep in mind, 73% of us didn’t support trump in the election, so they have lots of enemies.

    We are the majority. Hold that thought. It’s fact.

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