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Despite Record Sign-ups for ACA, Republicans Still Intent on Health Care Repeal

Dec 22, 2016

Today, Congressional Republicans found out that their plan to repeal health care for millions of Americans will be even more devastating. According to numerous reports, a record 6.4 million Americans have signed up for affordable health insurance since November 1 thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no plans to replace it, leaving tens of millions of Americans at risk of higher costs and losing coverage altogether. These millions of Americans newly enrolled in health insurance are being unnecessarily targeted by Republicans' reckless partisan attack on affordable health care.

Despite its devastating impact on the American people, Republicans have made repealing the Affordable Care Act their top priority in the new Congress - without any plans to replace it. This reckless approach would rip apart the American health care system and create chaos throughout our economy. Health care costs will skyrocket for families across America - even those who get insurance from their employers - while insurance companies and wealthy corporations will get a massive tax break. According to independent experts, Republicans' reckless approach could cost 30 million Americans their health insurance.

​Will Republicans reconsider their reckless repeal plan? Or will they stand with families who want affordable, dependable access to their doctors and hospitals?


Miami Herald (FL): Obamacare enrollment surges with Florida leading way, feds say

"Nearly 6.4 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges at, the Obama administration reported Wednesday, a surge in enrollment that included about 1.3 million people in Florida - more than any state using the federally run marketplace. Enrollment reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services captured sign-ups as of Monday, the deadline to choose coverage that begins on New Year's Day, and reflected an increase of about 400,000 consumers over the same period for the prior year. The increase comes amid uncertainty about whether the health insurance program will be partly or fully repealed after Donald Trump becomes president next month."

Charleston Post and Courier (SC): Obamacare enrollment in S.C. keeps increasing, amid Republican calls to 'repeal and delay'

"Obamacare sign-ups in South Carolina are increasing, even as Republicans keep repeating their intention to repeal the law early next year. A new federal enrollment snapshot published Wednesday shows more than 147,000 South Carolinian residents purchased Affordable Care Act coverage between Nov. 1 and Dec. 19. This total doesn't include patients whose coverage will automatically renew on Jan. 1. During open enrollment last year, more than 200,000 people in South Carolina purchased Obamacare policies. Enrollment this season will proceed through January. Nationally, 6.4 million Americans have purchased policies since early November. That's about 400,000 more people than those who had signed up at the same point last year, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told reporters during a press call.  "The marketplace is strong," she said."

Cedar Rapids Gazette (IA): 6.4 million Americans sign up through

"During a media call Wednesday, Burwell said some 400,000 more people nationwide had signed up for 2017 coverage through the federal marketplace exchange as of Dec. 19, compared to this time last year. That's a total of 6.4 million enrollees, she said. These numbers, Burwell cautioned, do not include auto-enrollments. Those combined figures will be released next month, she said. In Iowa, 35,931 people had enrolled, the HHS reported. That is increase of 2,094 compared to this time last year."

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (IA): 6.4 million enroll in Obamacare

"Burwell told reporters in a conference call that 6.4 million Americans - including 119,429 Hoosiers - actively enrolled in the federal insurance marketplace between Nov. 1 and Monday, compared with 6 million for the same period last year. 'This is a product people want and people need,' Burwell said."


Non-Partisan Urban Institute Report: Republican Repeal Bill Would Leave 30 Million Americans Uninsured

"The key effects of passage of the anticipated reconciliation bill are as follows: The number of uninsured people would rise from 28.9 million to 58.7 million in 2019, an increase of 29.8 million people (103 percent). The share of nonelderly people without insurance would increase from 11 percent to 21 percent, a higher rate of uninsurance than before the ACA because of the disruption to the nongroup insurance market."


"Eighty-two percent of the people becoming uninsured would be in working families, 38 percent would be ages 18 to 34, and 56 percent would be non-Hispanic whites. Eighty percent of adults becoming uninsured would not have college degrees."


"This scenario does not just move the country back to the situation before the ACA. It moves the country to a situation with higher uninsurance rates than was the case before the ACA's reforms." [Urban Institute, 12/7/16]