Fewer people are signing up for Obamacare plans, so far

By | November 14, 2018

Around 1.17 million people got Obamacare plans through the federally-run healthcare.gov over the first 10 days of open enrollment for 2019, the Trump administration reported Wednesday.

That number represents about a 16 percent decrease from the same time period last year, although the administration cautioned that this year’s count covers one fewer day of signups — Nov. 1 through Nov. 10, rather than through Nov. 11.
“As in past years, enrollment weeks are measured Sunday through Saturday,” the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in a release. “Consequently, the cumulative totals reported in this snapshot reflect one fewer day than last year.”

However, the totals were down when looking at comparable timeframes.

For instance, from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11, 2017, healthcare.gov signed up 876,788 people. But from Nov. 4 to Nov. 10, 2018, the exact same timeframe, healthcare.gov signed up 804,556 people.

It remains early in the enrollment period that ends on Dec. 15, but totals will be heavily scrutinized by Congress.

Democrats and pro-Obamacare groups have said that Republicans are trying to “sabotage” the law, including by cutting outreach funding and expanding access to cheaper plans that offer fewer benefits than Obamacare plans.

Residents in 38 states use healthcare.gov to buy Obamacare plans, while 12 states and the District of Columbia run their own healthcare exchanges.