According to a snapshot shared by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday, the preliminary figures show that the number of people who signed up for Obamacare was just 400,000 fewer than the total of consumers who signed up during the prior enrollment period. (That means this year's tally makes up about 95% of the total of people who signed up between November 2016 and January 2017 for coverage this year.)
Around 4.1 million people signed up in the final week of the enrollment season and at least one million of those who enrolled during those days were new customers.
Larry Levitt, senior vice president of special initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation, called the number of enrollees "truly remarkable" in a tweet Thursday, adding that he was very surprised at the turnout.
He added, "That didn't seem possible with a 90% reduction in outreach, an enrollment period cut in half, and a constant refrain that the program is dead."
I confess to being very surprised that ACA marketplace enrollment is down only slightly. That didn't seem possible with a 90% reduction in outreach, an enrollment period cut in half, and a constant refrain that the program is dead.— Larry Levitt (@larry_levitt) December 21, 2017
The numbers shared by the CMSS are not final, since they only take into account the 39 states that use the healthcare.gov website and do not include Americans who signed up on Friday December 15 after midnight Eastern Time, and consumers who were in line to enroll and left their contact information behind.