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Obamacare enrollments surge compared with 2016
The number of people who signed up for Obamacare health insurance plans surged last week compared with the same period last year, despite the Trump administration’s steep cuts in marketing for the enrollment period. More than 200,000 Americans enrolled in a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act on Nov. 1, the first day of open enrollment— twice as many as signed up on the first day of coverage in 2016. More than 1 million people visited HeathCare.gov, a 33 percent increase in traffic from 2016. However, fewer people may sign up overall this year, given that the Trump administration has cut the open enrollment period from 12 weeks to 6 weeks.