But “the window is closing”: Obamacare advocates scramble in final sign-up days.
MADISON, Wisconsin — At 9:30 on a Tuesday morning, Adam VanSpankeren settles into his desk at the Dane County Jobs Center.
In front of him is a laptop, an open can of Coke, and a long list of people who want to sign up for Obamacare. VanSpankeren usually skips lunch to accommodate his packed schedule.
“My typical day has five to six appointments back to back,” he says. “Last year it was a slow build. This year we started getting 20, 30, 40 phone calls each day, right away. It started with the momentum we usually have at the end of open enrollment.”
VanSpankeren is the lead health care navigator at Covering Wisconsin, a nonprofit that signs people up for the Affordable Care Act programs. Right now, he and thousands of others of navigators across the country are in the middle of their busiest time of year: Obamacare’s open enrollment period, which began November 1 and will end December 15.
While the White House attempts to sabotage the ACA, it’s clear that appetite for the law hasn’t collapsed. Obamacare sign-ups are up 22 percent from where they were at this point last year.
But Obamacare advocates aren’t celebrating — they’re panicking. They don’t think they can match last year’s enrollment numbers, because the Trump administration cut the sign-up period in half. So even though sign-ups are high now — and there are some clear reasons for that — there is simply less time for people to enroll.
“I’m very concerned about the final couple of weeks, because we’re not where we need to be to match where we were last year,” says Lori Lodes, executive director of Get Covered America. “The administration is not doing the things they need to to …read more
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