With Sunday’s November 1 opening of another annual enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, though the website is reportedly working better, challenges remain with the program.
In fact, the White House is predicting just a meager increase next year in the number of Americans with private insurance through the ACA, a forecast far below previous estimates, and one that signals the obstacles to attracting people who remain uninsured.
There is also the prospect of higher premiums, with estimates of a double-digit increase that won’t go over so well. And then there are the insurance co-ops created with government grants and loans, intended to provide more competition and drive prices lower nearly half of those have collapsed. Some say growing pains, but it of course is fuel for Republicans, who still want to scrap the entire thing.
ABC’s Bazi Kanani joined us from Capitol Hill.