Sign-ups pick up in week 5 of 2018 Obamacare open enrollment

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2017

The CBS News poll found that 68 percent of Americans said that any tax legislation should not include changes to the Affordable Care Act, as Obamacare is formally known. This year's open enrollment ends December 15, and last time it continued through January 31.

For 2017, more than 9.2 million consumers signed up for insurance plans using during the 12-week open enrollment period, which included people who were automatically re-enrolled at the close of the enrollment period. The number of sign-ups is 20% higher than the same period previous year.

Still, since President Donald Trump cut the enrollment period in half and sliced advertising spending by 90 percent, it is nearly certain sign-ups will be much lower. The president says the shorter enrollment period would benefit the ACA by putting it more in line with other insurance programs.

The strong numbers so far come despite cuts the Trump administration made to ObamaCare's advertising and outreach budget.

The federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid services reported that 20,191 New Mexicans had signed up by the fifth week of the enrollment period.

Aware of Obamacare and its legal requirements, a pro-life research organization reports the Affordable Care Act is breaking the law.

"Last year, 8 out of 10 people got financial help to pay for their health insurance", he said. Those figures won't be revealed until the end of the sign-up season, according to ABC.

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