Obamacare sign-ups down as enrollment deadline approaches
This week marks the last week of open enrollment for Obamacare health plans — and so far, sign-ups have been lower than last year's enrollment. Federal data released late last week show that enrollment through Healthcare.gov is down 11 percent compared to 2017. It's not clear yet what factors might be at play — such as the repeal of the individual mandate or new access to cheaper, “short-term” plans — or what the final numbers might look like. The number of sign-ups could spike right before the Dec. 15 deadline, which has happened in previous years.