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Signups Surges For The Affordable Care Act

Signups have surged for the Affordable Care Act as people dash to get insured in the shorter enrollment period. (photo credit: Obama White House / Public Domain)

Signups have surged for the Affordable Care Act as people dash to get insured in the shorter enrollment period.

On the first day of enrollment alone, Nov. 1, one source close to the process told The Hill that more than 200,000 people selected a plan for 2018, compared with about 100,000 last year. More than 1 million people visited healthcare.gov that day, compared to about 750,000 last year, the source said.

S&P predicts that signups will fall short this year due to confusion relating the Trump administration's actions.

Standard & Poor’s forecasted last week that enrollment could drop by as much as 1.6 million people below last year’s level of 12.2 million signups, in part due to uncertainty from the administration's actions. The enrollment period is also about half as long this year, ending Dec. 15.

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