13.8M goal set for Obama's final health care sign-up season
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing new challenges to a legacy law, the Obama administration on Wednesday set its goals for the president's final health care sign-up season. For policyholders whose insurance company will no longer offer coverage, the government is automatically matching them with another carrier's plan. Enrollment has been lower than initially projected, insurers say patients turned out to be sicker-than-expected, and a complex internal system to help stabilize premiums did not work as intended, partly because of actions by congressional Republicans. The law offers subsidized private insurance to people who do not have coverage through their jobs, along with a state option to expand Medicaid for low-income people. The administration is hoping for a strong sign-up season to validate the president's signature program, and for a victory by Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election to close out the long-running political saga.
President Barack Obama defended his namesake health care program Thursday, long a target of Republicans, saying millions of Americans "now know the financial security of health insurance" because of the Affordable Care Act. (Oct. 20)