Since taking office in January, the Trump administration has severed enrollment partnerships with hundreds of local and national groups, abruptly ended subsidies to insurance companies, scuttled efforts by Congress to pass a market stabilization bill, and eviscerated the budget for open enrollment outreach and in-person assisters. The President has also repeatedly declared Obamacare "finished … dead … gone,” spreading confusion about a law that very much remained on the books.
But the latest report from the Department of Health and Human Services, released on Wednesday, showed signups continuing at a brisk pace, with more than 2.7 million enrollees so far this year.
As Avalere calculated, however, that number is far below the number of enrollees—7 million—who had selected plans last year after this percentage of the enrollment period had elapsed.
Open enrollment ends this year on December 15.