The Trump administration late Friday blasted Obamacare as a failure after releasing final enrollment numbers for the federal health insurance exchange that were lower than the sign-up tally for 2016's open enrollment season.
A total of 9.2 million Americans signed up for plans sold on HealthCare.gov, which serves 39 states, by the close of open enrollment on Tuesday, officials said.
That's about 400,000 people fewer than had signed up last year. Advocates said the lower tally reflects efforts by the Trump administration to "sabotage" enrollment by pulling back ads and outreach for HealthCare.gov as of last week.
But even with fewer sign-ups on HealthCare.gov, when added to enrollment from individual state-run exchanges, an estimated 12 million or so people nationally have selected Obamacare plans, despite all the talk of President Donald Trump's plans to repeal and replace the law. That unofficial national tally is about 500,000 less than the national total for sign-ups last year.
"Obamacare has failed the American people, with one broken promise after another," said a spokesman for the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. The department's responsibilities include operating HealthCare.gov and overseeing Obamacare regulations.
"As noted today in a report from [the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, premiums in the [Affordable Care Act] marketplace have increased 25 percent while the number of insurers has declined 28 percent over the past year."