More than 1 million sign up for ObamaCare, HHS says

More than 1 million sign up for ObamaCare, HHS says
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More than 1 million people have registered for ObamaCare coverage for 2017 since the sign-up period began Nov. 1, the Obama administration announced Wednesday.

The registrations include about 250,000 new consumers and 750,000 returning.


The Obama administration used the numbers to argue that people still want ObamaCare coverage, despite the cloud of uncertainty hanging over the law due to GOP efforts to repeal it.

“The American people are demonstrating how much they continue to want and need the coverage the Marketplace offers," Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in a statement. 

Burwell urged "all Americans who need health insurance for 2017 to visit HealthCare.gov or their state Marketplace and check out their options."

The data released Wednesday showed that sign-ups "accelerated" on Nov. 9 — a day after Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE was elected, making some sort of repeal of the law likely. HHS said it launched additional outreach Nov. 9.

The full picture of how many people will sign up is not yet clear. The first deadline is Dec. 15, which will provide an opportunity to compare signups to last year’s deadline. 

The administration is hoping to grow signups by 1 million people for next year, though the uncertainty from the election results could complicate that effort. 

Still, the administration says there were 53,000 more signups in the first 12 days this year than last year.