The number of Americans signed up for Obamacare coverage has fallen to a record low, with only about 7 percent of people who enrolled in health coverage last month reporting that they have been enrolled in a plan this month, according to new numbers released by the Department of Health and Human Services.
That compares to about 22 percent of Americans who had enrolled in Obamacare in December and 23 percent in December of last year.
The numbers mark a further reversal for the law, which has been in limbo since President Donald Trump signed the healthcare bill into law last month.
The law has been blamed for the slow and uneven rollout of the insurance exchange in the first two weeks of the year, and for the health care law’s limited scope and complexity.
The enrollment numbers come as Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with something more conservative.
The health care rollout is “the worst in history,” Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.
Va.) said on MSNBC on Monday.
“There’s no doubt about it.
We’ve had an explosion in the number of people not able to get on the exchanges.
We’re not even close.”
Democrats also point to a recent report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that projected the law would lead to a net loss of 24 million people by 2026.
The CBO’s projection was based on the administration’s projections for the cost of health insurance for all Americans.
But the nonpartisan Office of Management and Budget, which administers the Affordable Health Care Act, said the CBO’s estimate was based only on a small subset of people and could not be used to determine whether the law’s costs are actually higher than they appear.
“The CBO does not estimate that the costs of the ACA will be lower than they would be if premiums were paid for in full by people making between 150 percent and 250 percent of the federal poverty level,” the OMB said in a statement.
“That said, CBO does note that the number and severity of ACA costs will be greater for individuals with incomes above 300 percent of poverty, and greater for families making between 300 percent and 400 percent of average income.”
The OMB also found that premiums on the individual market are expected to be more expensive than those under current law, with premiums expected to reach $8,700 for an individual and $11,600 for a family.
But it did not make clear how much more, if any, higher premiums will cost, or what other changes will be needed to help cover people who earn too much to qualify for subsidies under the law.
The OMA also said that people in states that have expanded Medicaid will continue to be able to keep their coverage, with the new state insurance commissioner making clear that he is willing to work with Congress on a replacement plan.
But Democrats have said the plan will fail to cover everyone and that the federal government should cover all of the costs.