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AP count: Nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018

By Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) Nearly 11.8 million Americans have signed up for coverage this year under former President Barack Obama's health care law, about 3 percent less than last year. That's according to a new tally by The Associated Press.

Enrollment remained remarkably stable despite President Donald Trump's disdain for "Obamacare." The Republican-led Congress repeatedly tried to repeal the program, while the administration cut the sign-up window in half and took actions that raised premiums.

The Affordable Care Act offers subsidized private health insurance to people who don't have coverage on the job, through and state-run insurance markets.

AP's count shows that states running their own marketplaces mostly outperformed the federal

But California's state-run market, which reported total sign-ups of more than 1.5 million on Wednesday, saw a slight dip.