Obamacare Hits Record Sign Ups

Sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act hit a record high on Thursday as threats for a repeal looms.

President Barack Obama said on Friday that more than 670,000 people in 39 states obtained a health insurance plan on HealthCare.gov. Obama notes that there hasn’t been a sign up day like this since 2013.

The federal government and some states extended the signup deadline from last Thursday to Monday, allowing consumers to start coverage on Jan. 1.

“More are signing up by the day,” Obama said at a White House press conference, Huffington Post reported. “When I came into office, 44 million people were uninsured. Today, we’ve covered more than 20 million of them. For the first time in our history, more than 90 percent of Americans are insured.”

Last year, 2.8 million had enrolled by Dec. 5, but between Nov. 15 and Dec. 10 of this year, more than 4 million people selected policies on HealthCare.gov, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services reported, according to the Huffington Post.

President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act during the presidential election campaign. Since being elected, Trump has still called for a repeal but said he would want keep some parts of the Affordable Care Act in tact.

Sourced from Huffington Post.