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Following Trump’s Win, Americans Sign Up For Health Law Coverage In Droves

More than 100,000 people enrolled in coverage on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the White House says getting people signed up is its top priority.

Los Angeles Times: More People Signed Up For Obamacare The Day After Trump Was Elected Than Any Day This Enrollment Period
Underscoring the challenge President-elect  Donald Trump faces repealing the Affordable Care Act, more than 100,000 people signed up for health coverage through the law on Wednesday, the day after Trump’s election. The tally, reported Thursday by the Obama administration, marked the busiest day since the enrollment period for coverage in 2017 began Nov. 1. (Levey, 11/10)

The Wall Street Journal: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Surges Following Trump Election
“Is it people trying to get in before something happens? I don’t know but it’s possible,” said Brian Burton, an enrollment worker in Lafayette, La. Health analysts, insurance brokers, and the navigators who help people obtain coverage said some consumers fear Republicans will take away the tax subsidies that offset premium costs. Some also said people are asking if they can forgo enrolling because they believe the Trump administration will end a requirement that most individuals have health insurance or pay a penalty. (Armour, 11/10)

Morning Consult: Burwell: Wednesday Was Best Day Yet for 2017 Obamacare Sign-Ups
More people signed up for health insurance through Wednesday, the day after Donald Trump was elected the next U.S. president, than any other day so far of the open enrollment period. Consumers selected more than 100,000 plans Wednesday, [Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell] said. (McIntire, 11/10)

The Hill: ObamaCare Sign-Ups Surge Post-Election 
More than 100,000 people selected plans through on Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced.   “Best day yet this Open Enrollment,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell wrote in a tweet. Wednesday marked the first day that the Obama administration actively began marketing its healthcare signup period this year, which began Nov. 1. Officials at HHS had already planned to expand the program's outreach following the election, after the candidates' campaigns no longer clogged the airwaves. Even though the GOP's wave victory on Election Day likely dooms ObamaCare, the White House has made clear that it plans to forge on with this year's enrollment period. (Ferris, 11/10)

The New York Times: No Affordable Care Act? Health Insurers Weren’t Expecting That
More than 100,000 Americans rushed to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, the biggest turnout yet during this year’s sign-up period, the day after the election of Donald J. Trump, who has promised to repeal the law. The figure, announced by the Obama administration, added to a sense of whiplash about the law, and underscored the magnitude of any change. Despite all the criticisms about the law coming from President-elect Trump and his allies, millions of people now depend on it for coverage. (Abelson, 11/11)

The New York Times: White House Says Obamacare Enrollment A Priority
Getting more Americans to enroll for health insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law known as Obamacare is a top priority of his administration until President-elect Donald Trump takes office on Jan. 20, the White House said on Thursday. "We would be focused on ... maximizing the opportunity that currently is available for millions of Americans to go to during the open enrollment period and sign up for healthcare," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a news briefing. (Heavey and Hummer, 11/10)

Politico Pro: Obamacare Allies Push Enrollment Ahead Of Law's Dismantling
Obamacare may be toast by next year, but it's still here for now — and the law's supporters are doing all they can to reassure confused and worried consumers they can still get insurance. Advocates working to boost enrollment say they are focused on the current reality, two months before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. Individuals can still sign up for coverage and potentially qualify for subsidies, even as Republicans are drawing up plans to dismantle the law early next year. (Pradhan and Demko, 11/10)

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