Despite the Trump administration’s efforts to scale back the health law, about 300,000 more people have signed up for health insurance in the Affordable Care Act marketplaces in the first weeks of this enrollment period than last year.
This is about a 25% increase from last year at this time. However, it may not be good news.
Because the Trump administration cut the enrollment periodin half this year, to 45 days from three months, weekly sign-ups would need to double to match the number of sign-ups in previous years.
Thus, this surge in enrollment may or may not be enough to make up for the shorter enrollment period and likely overall enrollment will fall in 2018.