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Obamacare Signups Surge in First Days of Open Enrollment

Obamacare Signups Surge in First Days of Open Enrollment

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 November 2017 09:39 AM

Obamacare signups surged to a record level in the first few days of open enrollment compared to the same period last year, despite administrative cutbacks in advertising and outreach, The Hill reported, citing sources.

One source told The Hill that more than 200,000 people selected a plan on the opening day of the Affordable Care Act enrollment on Nov. 1, double the 100,000 who signed up last year, and more than 1 million people visited Healthcare.gov website the first day compared to 750,000 last year.

Standard & Poor's had forecasted that Affordable Care Act enrollment could drop by 1.6 million people below last year's level of 12.2 million signups because of uncertainty from President Donald Trump's administration actions, per The Hill. The enrollment period ends Dec. 15, earlier than last year.

"The first few days of open enrollment for the Federal Health Insurance Exchange went smoothly," a representative for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told The Hill. "The website performed optimally and consumers easily accessed enrollment tools to compare plans and prices."

The Washington Post reported the early numbers are only one part of the country's overall Obamacare enrollment figure because the federal healthcare marketplace only includes states that rely on that website to sign up for coverage.

The Post said the District of Columbia and more than a dozen other states run their own Obamacare enrollment sites.

"Enrollment year five could be a record year," Luke Clarke, Connect for Health Colorado spokesman, told the Post about ACA enrollment there. "It's way ahead of where we were last year, and a big surprise."

Clarke told the Post that Colorado state officials expected 2,700 to log onto the exchange but more than 4,000 did so far.

Affordable Care Act supporters charged that the Trump administration had been trying to sabotage the act, which Congress has failed to appeal after several votes, by slashing the sign-up period and shutting down the HealthCare.gov website for 12 hours every Sunday, Politico reported.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services defended the changes as a way to cut wasteful spending, contending most people are already aware of open enrollment and don't need the help, Politico said.

"They're trying to sabotage the markets," Missouri U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill told Politico in October.

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