'Obamacare' surprise: Strong showing as nearly 9M sign up
December 22, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkably strong show of consumer demand, nearly 9 million people signed up for "Obamacare" next year, as government numbers out Thursday proved predictions of its collapse wrong yet again.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said more than 8.8 million people have signed up in the 39 states served by the federal HealthCare.gov website.
That compares to 9.2 million last year in the same states — or 96 percent of the previous total.
The level exceeds what experts thought was possible after another year of political battles over the Affordable Care Act, n...