More than 8.8 million Americans signed up for Affordable Care Act health plans for 2018 in the 39 states relying on the federal HealthCare.gov website, an unexpectedly robust turnout that approaches the 2017 total, despite an enrollment season cut by half and other moves by the Trump administration to undermine the law’s insurance marketplaces.
The numbers the administration reported Thursday include an all-time high for the number of new consumers signing up in a single week, with 1 million such people picking health plans in the final days before the Dec. 15 federal deadline.
The overall tally is roughly 95 percent of the 9.2 million people who got coverage for 2017 during a three-month sign-up period that ended last January. It defies widespread expectations of the law’s critics as well as supporters that enrollment would slump sharply as the Obama administration’s boosterism gave way to the aggressive opposition of President Trump and congressional Republicans, who have tried all year to repeal much of the ACA….
Nearly 9 million people signed up by the deadline in states using the federal HealthCare.gov.