Energy - December 2, 2016

Obamacare numbers are up

Open enrollment for Obamacare began November 1 and the numbers report people signing up at a record pace. President-Elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal Obamacare, or most of it, and despite that people are still signing up for care. reports that just over 102,000 people in the Commonwealth have signed up. More than 2.1 million people overall have signed up since open enrollment began; that includes 500,000 new enrollees and the 1.6 million renewing coverage.

The percent of uninsured citizens is at a record low of just over 8 percent and has been attributed to Obamacare. Trump has promised no one will lose their coverage before a replacement is ready to be rolled out and has mentioned keeping some parts of the plan. Enrollees will likely not see any change for at least another year or so. Trump has the Congressional support to repeal the law but a recent post-election poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that the number of Americans who want a full repeal is only about 26 percent. Republican support is also waning for a full repeal; the poll also shows that in October 69 percent of Republicans supported a full repeal. Post-election that number is down to 52 percent.