8.8 Million Sign Up for Obamacare in Strong Showing

Some 8.8 million people have signed up for 2018 coverage on the federal exchange during an open enrollment season that was half the length of prior years and far less promoted, the Trump administration said Thursday. That’s only 400,000 fewer than signed up on healthcare.gov during open enrollment a year ago.

Nearly 2.4 million consumers were new to the exchanges, while more than 6.4 million continued their coverage during the period, which ran from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.

Traffic was heavy in the final days. More than 4.1 million people selected plans in the last five days, including those who were automatically renewed.

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Pace of Obamacare Enrollment Slows ‘Dramatically’ as Trump Administration Cuts Take Effect

  • A leading Obamacare advocacy group said that the pace of enrollment is slowing due to actions of the Trump administration.
  • Online insurance broker eHealth said many customers are unaware of a shorter sign-up deadline.
  • Customers who don’t get financial aid to lower their premiums are often stunned by how much prices have risen.

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Defying Gloomy Predictions, Obamacare Enrollment Surges

Doomsday headlines about Obamacare enrollment may be having an unforeseen consequence: booming sign-ups in the troubled insurance marketplaces.

Obamacare’s fifth open enrollment season, the first under President Donald Trump, is off to a surprisingly robust start despite the brutal developments of the past year — skyrocketing premiums, dwindling competition, unremitting Republican efforts to eradicate it.

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Record Level of Sign-Ups for Obamacare Plans Reported Despite Trump Administration Opposition

  • A record number of people signed up for Obamacare plans on the first day of the enrollment season, according to a new report.
  • In California, Obamacare sign-ups were up 25 percent on the first day.
  • The upward bump came despite a slashing of enrollment promotion budgets by the Trump administration.


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The Real Reason Insurers Are Jacking up Rates for Obamacare

  • Obamacare is lurching towards a bizarre form of stability thanks to subsidies.
  • Obamacare subsidies gives insurers the cover they need to jack up rates.
  • Even if rates rise dramatically, subsidized customers will still be profitable for insurers.

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Obamacare Is Helping More Poor Patients Get to the Doctor, Study Shows

Poor Americans in states that have expanded Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act are going to the doctor more often and having less trouble paying for it, new research finds.

At the same time, two years of experience with the expansion offer additional indications that the improved access to care will ultimately improve patients’ health, a key goal of 2010 law, often called Obamacare.

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Obamacare Repeal Would Lead to 24 Million More People Without Health Insurance

If the next president and Congress repeal Obamacare — as many Republican elected officials want to do — there could end up being more people without health insurance than before the law went into effect, a new study says.

A total of 24 million more people would lose health coverage by 2021 if the Affordable Care Act was repealed, according to the study issued Monday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute.

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Millions of Poor Still Could Have Gotten Coverage Without Obamacare

Millions of poor Americans have signed up for no-cost health insurance that they could have gotten even without the passage of Obamacare.

These Americans already were eligible for Medicaid, a government-funded program that provides medical coverage at little or no cost, but they didn’t sign up for it because they didn’t have to or because they didn’t realize they could.

In recent years, however, the publicity of Obamacare has driven them to sign up in droves, so much so that economists and health policy wonks have dubbed the phenomenon the “woodwork effect,” or the “welcome mat” population. This group turned out to be larger than anyone anticipated.

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Obamacare’s 2016 Enrollment Failure Hits Working Class

New exchange enrollment data released by the Obama administration reveal in multiple ways that Obamacare is failing to live up to its goal of providing affordable care.

That’s no small problem when the law mandates that people buy coverage or face a fine. The fact that enrollment grew only modestly in the law’s third year despite the ramping up of the mandate penalty underscores the reality that Obamacare only offers poor options to far too many millions of people.

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In Letter to the President, Republican Who Opposed Obamacare Says It Saved His Life

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has its share of detractors in the Republican party. In fact, many of them are currently running for that party’s presidential nomination. But in June, one lifelong Wisconsin Republican, Brent Brown, wrote a letter to the president about the ACA. And unlike most of his party, Brent had changed his mind on the bill. Why? Because it saved his life.

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