Trump's plan to handicap Obamacare backfires as early sign-ups set new record
Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:39 pm
http://www.businessinsider.com/early-ob ... rd-2017-11
Go trump Go!!Obamacare sign-ups in the first few days of the open enrollment period this year have far outpaced those during the same period in previous years, and despite President Donald Trump's efforts to diminish the enrollment period and slash outreach, the number of sign-ups during the period this year has set a new record.
The number of people signing up on HealthCare.gov in the first week of enrollment is "roughly double" what it was in previous years, a source told Politico. On November 1 alone, which was the first day of the enrollment period, 200,000 signed up for a 2018 plan, which itself was double the amount of first-day sign-ups last year according to The Hill.
The Department of Health and Human Services released its official numbers on Thursday, showing that 601,462 people signed up for plans between November 1 and November 4. Of those, 137,322 were new consumers.
While the department did not provide an exact comparison to last year's pace of sign-ups over four days, the initial sign-ups did exceed the weekly pace of enrollment of the first month in 2016.