(National Sentinel) Obamacare: Recent press reports have noted that enrollment in exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act is surging, but a new government report says that, by far, most enrollees are not new to Obamacare.
“Multiple media reports detailed how nearly 1.5 million Americans signed up for Obamacare during its enrollment period, however, the CMS report details that most ‘signups’ are renewals, not new enrollees,” Breitbart News reports.
The government report revealed that, within the first 11 days of Obamacare enrollment, 345,719 Americans signed up for coverage for the first time, which is less than one-quarter of total enrollees through the period.
Of the 1.5 million people who bought plans through Healthcare.gov, more than one million renewed their coverage, which is more than three-quarters of the total number of enrollees.
Nevertheless, Democrats are hailing the overall enrollment figure as a victory for the law, which they seek to leave in place despite spiraling health care costs, premiums and deductibles — all things the law was supposed to improve.
“Those who pushed the repeal and replace agenda for so long have been exposed as offering ideas that take the country backward. That has helped us in terms of our agenda for building on it,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon.
But Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, countered with the fact that premiums are climbing faster than ever.
“The American people were promised that if Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, health insurance would be cheaper and more available, and it’s been neither. What people are having to pay who aren’t getting a subsidy is unconscionable,” he explained.
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In October, Trump signed an executive order to expand more affordable health insurance options.
At the time, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) praised the order as “the biggest free-market reform in a generation.”
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