Blue America keeps enrollment rolling to save Obamacare

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January 16, 2018

Armed with scarves and Google maps, a hearty crew of Obamacare “navigators” and volunteers paused for a pep talk before they swarmed a D.C. neighborhood in near-freezing temperatures.

Their mission? To root out the city’s uninsured and steer them toward an Obamacare program, despite President Trump’s claim that it’s already dead and must be replaced.

“Especially with all the challenges we’ve seen at the federal level, it’s even more important that we let people know they still have the opportunity to sign up,” D.C. Council member Brandon Todd, a Democrat, told canvassers.

While Obamacare enrollment is a distant memory in much of the country, the bluest areas are still hitting the pavement. They have sign-up periods well beyond the six-week enrollment that Mr. Trump allowed for the 39 states that rely on the federal HealthCare.gov site.

Obamacare customers in Massachusetts have until Jan. 23 to pick a health care plan, while state-run exchanges in the District of Columbia, New York and California extended sign-ups through the end of this month.

They have a shot — albeit a long one — to close the gap in enrollments after the federal exchanges came up 500,000 short in Mr. Trump’s first go-around, compared with the last year under President Obama.

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