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Pace Of Health Law Enrollment For First Days Surged Over Last Year, But Will It Continue?


The high numbers even after the Trump administration slashed the outreach budget for sign-ups surprised experts.

The Hill: Record ObamaCare Sign-Up Drive
ObamaCare is entering its third week of open enrollment and supporters are watching to see if the fast pace of sign ups will continue. About 600,000 people signed up for ObamaCare plans in the first four days of enrollment, the Trump administration announced Thursday. About twice as many people signed up on the first day, Nov. 1, this year compared to last year. (Hellmann, 11/13)

Philadelphia Inquirer: Obamacare Signups Surging In Pa., N.J. And Nationally. Will It Last?
People around the Philadelphia region, like consumers around the country, are rushing to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, advocacy groups reported Friday. More than 600,000 people nationally selected insurance plans in the first week of the annual open enrollment period — a pace that could be double last year’s signups early on. Given that President Trump and congressional Republicans have spent the past year attacking and trying to dismantle President Barack Obama’s signature law, that is stunning many observers. (Sapatkin, 11/10)

Kaiser Health News: Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ We Have Numbers!
Democrats won some unexpectedly large victories in Tuesday’s off-off-year elections, putting health care squarely back on the political map. Meanwhile, enrollment was unexpectedly high in the insurance exchanges’ opening days, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. (11/10)

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