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ObamaCare enrollment strong in third week of sign-ups

ObamaCare enrollment strong in third week of sign-ups
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About 2.3 million people have signed up for ObamaCare plans in the first 18 days of open enrollment, the Trump administration announced Wednesday.

In the third week of open enrollment, which ran from Nov. 12 through 18, about 800,000 people signed up for plans, including 220,000 new consumers.

That's slightly down from the 877,000 people who signed up during the second week of open enrollment, which ran from Nov. 5 to 11.

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In week one, which spanned from Nov. 1 to 4, 601,462 people signed up for plans.

Altogether, more than half a million new consumers have signed up for ObamaCare this year.

So far, the pace of sign-ups has exceeded last year: In the first 26 days of last year's open enrollment period, 2.1 million people signed up compared to the 2.3 million people who signed up the first 18 days of this year's period.

The final sign-up picture will not be clear until the enrollment period ends Dec. 15, which is about half as much time as people had to sign up last year.

So while more people are signing up for ObamaCare plans this year, the total enrollment numbers could still fall short compared to previous years because people have less time to sign up.

The strong numbers so far come despite cuts the Trump administration made to ObamaCare's advertising and outreach budget.