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States Trump Won See Highest Obamacare Enrollment

| by Oren Peleg

A key tenet of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign was the attack on Obamacare and the promise to repeal it, yet as a record number of applicants enrolled for Obamacare this December, the states with the highest enrollment were those Trump won in the election.

Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania -- all states that went to Trump in the Nov. 8 election -- were those with the largest enrollment numbers, ABC News reports. In Florida, some 1.3 million selected coverage under Obamacare.

“This disaster of a law [Obamacare] has led to massive premium spikes, less choice for patients and a collapse of the exchange markets, and no amount of spinning from the White House can hide this ugly reality,” AshLee Strong, spokeswoman for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, said on Dec. 21 of the figures, according to New York Magazine.

Yet Sylvia Matthews Burwell, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, refrained from commenting on the surge in enrollment ahead of the Trump Administration, but did note that 30,000 people have called her department "worrying about the future of coverage in the wake of the election," reports ABC News.

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“The enrollment numbers announced today show just how important health care coverage is to millions of Americans,” Phillip J. Blando, a spokesman for the Trump transition team, said, according to The New York Times. “The Trump administration will work closely with Congress, governors, patients, doctors and other stakeholders to fix the Affordable Care Act’s well-documented flaws and provide consumers with stable and predictable health plan choices.”

Open enrollment, which began Nov. 1, will end 11 days after Trump takes office -- January 31. In October, the Obama administration estimated some 13.8 million Americans would sign-up for, or automatically re-enroll through, the various insurance marketplaces. As of Dec. 21, Secretary Burwell maintained that prediction. 

Sources: ABC News, New York Magazine, The New York Times / Photo Credit: Seattle Municipal Archives/Flickr

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