6.4 million Obamacare enrollments in 2016 despite GOP threats

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More people have opted for Obamacare, despite months of campaigning against it as well as the GOP’s promise to repeal it.

The administration of US President Barack Obama made the announcement on Wednesday, asserting that 6.4 million people have enrolled for subsidized private coverage through HealthCare.gov.

According to the Health and Human Services Department, the overall total is an increase of 400,000 from a comparable period last year.

“We’re going to finish this open enrollment by trying to enroll more people than ever,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. “Today’s enrollment numbers confirm that doomsday predictions about the marketplace are not bearing out.”

The challenge Obama faces is reaching the 13.8 million sign-ups target, given that new customers are fewer this year  as current consumers re-up for another year.

This year 32 percent of the customers are new ones compared with a 40 percent figure last year.

“There are zero signs that…

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