Nearly 1.5 million people signed up for Obamacare during the first 12 days of open enrollment, a faster pace than last year, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Last November, about 1 million people signed up for coverage over 12 days.
Democrats have accused the Trump administration of trying to sabotage Obamacare because it has cut the budget for navigators and advertisements on open enrollment in addition to reducing the sign-up period. But it turns out that enrollment is stronger than many thought it would be.
The second week resulted in 876,788 people signing up for plans, while the first four days resulted in 601,462 sign-ups, according to a report in The Washington Examiner.
Americans who don’t get coverage through a job or through a government program like Medicaid have until Dec. 15 to sign up through the federal government. Most of those who enroll in Obamacare receive subsidized health insurance, which includes tax credits paid for by the federal government.
Within the total sign-ups up to this point, 1,132,531 customers were renewing customers who already have a plan through the exchange and 345,719 are new customers.
The evaluation includes only sign-ups on healthcare.gov, which 39 states use; therefore, does not have information about the other states that run their own exchanges.