Sign up for the Science Times newsletter. Congress gave final approval Wednesday to a tax bill that effectively eliminated Obamacare's individual mandate starting in 2019.
Sign up for free newsletters and get more CNBC delivered to your inbox. The Obama team also abruptly started to exclude uninsured illegal immigrants from the national tally on total number of uninsured Americans.
Awareness of the change appears to be low , and enrollment is also down in New Jersey, one of the states that adopted its own individual mandate. This year, with flatter premiums and a raucous midterm election, there has been less media attention on the enrollment period.
But overall this year, enrollment in the individual market is moving more slowly than in previous years.
Those are reported separately and many of these states are reporting higher enrollment. Last year, when the price of coverage spiked and there was intense debate over whether to repeal Obamacare, the marketplace was the focus of intense news coverage.
But it's hard to say whether the fewer sign-ups this time mean fewer people will have insurance coverage in 2019. Margot Sanger-Katz is a domestic correspondent and writes about health care for The Upshot. The tax bill that Trump will sign will eliminate the penalty for not having coverage.
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Affordable Care Act: The law provides federal funds to subsidize the purchase of plans sold on government-run exchanges such as HealthCare. Some 12. A Tale of Two States. Those shoppers tend not to be in the Obamacare market anyway.