Obamacare Open Enrollment Countdown

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Tonight new government numbers show fewer people are signing up for Obamacare coverage now compared to one year ago.

Local 23’s Mark Meredith is in Washington with a closer look at why sign-ups are dropping. 

If you’re thinking about signing up for Obamacare coverage, time is running out.

Open enrollment ends in nine days and Josh Peck with Get America Covered says many Americans have no clue. 

“The media coverage of open enrollment is far lower this year than last year, so we think people just don’t know open enrollment is happening.” Says Peck. 

New numbers released by the Trump administration appears to back that up.

They show since November 1st when open enrollment began: roughly 812,263 new consumers signed up for Obamacare and 2.3 million people renewed their coverage for 2019.

Experts say that’s an eleven percent drop compared to the same time last year. Peck says that’s concerning. 

“What’s very clear is the number of new people signing up for coverage is much lower than last year, we’ll see how these final weeks play out.” says Peck.

Peck says the Trump administration is not spending enough money on awareness campaigns about open enrollment. But the administration says it’s more focused on giving people options, instead of PR. 

Hogan Gidley is Deputy White House Press Secretary

“Look we want people to have health care coverage, that’s something they didn’t have under Obama, regardless of the promises that were made, those were promises made and not kept.” Says Gidley.

Peck is hopeful people needing coverage will eventually get the message and sign up before enrollment ends December 15. 

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