NEW YORK, March 15 Enrollment in the individual
insurance plans created under Obamacare declined to 12.2 million
Americans, the U.S. government said on Wednesday as Republican
lawmakers and the Trump administration sought to repeal the
As of the end of January, enrollment was down by about
500,000 people from 2016. It is about 1.6 million people short
of former President Barack Obama's goal for 2017 sign-ups, the
The U.S. House of Representatives is working on passing a
bill that would gut the 2010 Affordable Care Act, often called
Obamacare, in part by replacing the income-based tax credits
that helped reduce the monthly premiums for the majority of
participants with age-based credits.
The White House and congressional leaders said on Tuesday
they were weighing changes to their plan to dismantle Obamacare
as Republicans' questions mounted following an estimate that it
would cause 14 million Americans to lose insurance next year.
The finding made it tougher for President Donald Trump to
sell his first major piece of legislation, even to fellow
Republicans in Congress.
The data released on Wednesday by part of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services includes people who
selected or were automatically enrolled in a plan between Nov. 1
last year and Jan. 31 either through the federal HealthCare.gov
website or one of the state-based exchanges.
Of those enrolled, 10.1 million people or 83 percent
received the advance premium tax credits, one of the lynchpins
of the law alongside the expansion of Medicaid for the poor.
About one-third of the enrollees were new to the market.
(Reporting by Caroline Humer; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and