The universe keeps sending messages to popular vote loser Donald Trump about how no one really likes him, but he keeps missing them and then lying and twisting them into positives for himself. It’s hard to see how he and his team of spin-doctors will make this one a positive for his administration however:
In spite of Trump’s open and blatant attempts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, over 600,000 people enrolled in the first four days of the open enrollment period just days ago.
The Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said that 464,140 customers renewed their coverage while another 137,322 customers were new enrollees, for a total of 601,462. The number only includes people who signed up through the HealthCare.gov portal, which services 39 states.
By comparison, some 1,008,281 customers signed up through Healthcare.gov in the first 12 days of enrollment in 2016, the first period for which data is available. While not a perfect comparison, the daily rate of sign-ups is significantly faster this year: 150,366 per day in 2017, compared with 84,018 in 2016.
December 15th this year ends the enrollment period, which lasts just 45 days. The enrollment period was significantly longer in 2016, which lasted three months.
The report points out that the big surge in enrollments could be from “sicker patients with pent-up demand, rather than healthier patients who may be more reluctant to buy a plan but are crucial to keeping premiums down.”
Sure, don’t read too much into these early numbers – but, at the same time, it’s a sharp contrast to Trump’s words about Obamacare being “dead” and “finished.”
Try as you may, Donny, you won’t be able to completely get rid of Obama’s legacy. And that must really kill you, since his legacy is one of success and popularity, neither of which you’ll ever achieve.