Obamacare Enrollment Dropped 3-4 Percent This Year

A few states held the Obamacare enrollment period open until January 31, so we’re only now getting final enrollment numbers. Here they are:

It turns out that my optimism about meeting or beating last year’s number was misplaced. There just wasn’t very much additional enrollment after December 15. The only caveat here is that there was an unintended consequence of Donald Trump’s elimination of cost-sharing subsidies: in some states, silver policies became less expensive off-exchange than bronze policies on-exchange. California, for example, actively encouraged customers who didn’t qualify for subsidies to buy policies outside Obamacare. Charles Gaba thinks this probably had a significant effect on Obamacare enrollment, but of course it didn’t affect the net number of people who got health insurance. They just got it somewhere else. We won’t have reliable numbers on this for a while, but it’s something to keep in mind.

All in all, I wish the Obamacare numbers were higher, but a 3-4 percent drop isn’t too bad considering the deliberate sabotage campaign that came out of the White House. Next year could be grim, though, as yet more sabotage combines with the end of the individual mandate to spike premiums again. The war isn’t over yet.

SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

payment methods

SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate