Donald Trump has been hell-bent on erasing everything his predecessor accomplished in eight years, such as ObamaCare. In spite of the sitting president and his dancing Republican Congress doing all they can to kill off the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the people have risen up and spoken loudly.
Even though Donald Trump cut the number of enrollment days drastically, 1,478.250 people signed up for individual health insurance plans since enrollment began on November 1 at HealthCare.gov. That is a 46 percent increase from last year, according to CNBC.
Open enrollment ends Dec. 15 on HealthCare.gov, which is about half the number of enrollment days as last year. People can sign up on state-run exchanges for a longer period of time, based upon the state where they live.
Health care advocates have been concerned that enrollment would fall dramatically, due to the draconian actions taken by the Trump administration.
Some of those actions the Trump-run government has taken include bare-boning the budgets for the ACA outreach and advertising, which lets people know when to enroll.
In addition, the Trump administration also forbade federal health officials from participating in any state events that promoted enrollment.
Last year, 1,008,218 people signed up in the first two weeks of enrollment.
In spite of the vital service it provides, Senate Republicans intend to strip the individual mandate in their new tax bill. This means that younger, healthier people do not have to pay a tax penalty if they do not carry health insurance.
The individual mandate is like car insurance, where those individuals who cost the insurance companies the most are balanced out by those who cost them the least.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) captured its snapshot of results on HealthCare.gov. This is the federal exchange selling individual plans in 39 states.
California showed enrollments increased 25 percent over last year on the first day, but it has not released additional data since then. The state is the largest participant.
Rhode Island’s enrollment was five times higher than last year’s in the first week. Washington’s enrollment was 53 percent higher in the first eight days. Maryland’s enrollment was double what it was last year in the first week.
During the week, from November 5 through 11, 876,788 individuals chose an insurance plan on HealthCare.gov, according to CMS. About 25 percent were new clients and 75 percent were returning clients.
A total of 345,719 new customers have chosen plans on HealthCare.gov since the beginning of enrollment (November 1). A total of 1,232,531 renewed their coverage.
People who do not have insurance coverage during 2018 will pay the tax penalty of $695 per adult or 2.5 percent of the household income, whichever is higher. Uninsured people have a wide selection of exemptions available, if they qualify.
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