Despite President Trump’s relentless efforts to sabotage the Affordable Act — including crippling the advertising budget so that Americans ostensibly wouldn’t even know when the enrollment period came around — it is being reported by the Hill that a record number of people signed up for plans under ObamaCare in the first few days of open enrollment this year, as compared to the same period in previous years.
It just so happens the current enrollment is roughly half as long as it has been in the past. The Hill cites a source close to the process and says that the first day of enrollment — November 1st — more than 200,000 people selected a plan for 2018, compared with roughly 100,000 this time last year. Also, over a million people visited the healthcare.gov website that day, as compared to around about 750,000 last year.
It is unclear how many of the sign-ups for this current enrollment cycle have been people who are renewing their existing coverage under the Affordable Care Act versus those who are enrolling for the first time.
Despite the Trump administration having cut the advertising budget by about 90 percent and also slashing grants for groups who help people navigate the enrollment process, acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric Hargan said last week that the administration wants the sign-up period to be “as consumer friendly as possible.”
For his part, former president Barack Obama actually did try to counter Trump’s plan to bury the enrollment period, including appearing in the above advertisement and also tweeting this reminder:
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 1, 2017