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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2016 file photo, the HealthCare.gov 2017 web site home page is seen on a laptop in Washington. Donald Trump’s election ushers in a time of high anxiety for people with health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, which expanded coverage to millions but has struggled to find widespread public acceptance. While repeal seems certain, it won’t be swift. A replacement for “Obamacare” could take even longer, and it may retain some parts of it. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

If you want Obamacare coverage, sign up by midnight tonight


The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is today at midnight Pacific time. Enjoy that head start, East Coasters.

States with their own insurance plans may have different deadlines. 

This may be a risky gambit, as President Trump and congressional Republicans have vowed to "repeal and replace" Obamacare. It's not clear how or when the repeal will take place and what will happen to those currently covered by the law. About 11. 5 million people had enrolled as of Dec. 24.

Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Rep. Tom Price, Trump's nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary, said no one would be "worse off" under whatever replaced the ACA

It's still the law, so it's in your best interest to have insurance. People think something has happened, but the ACA is still the law.
Elizabeth Colvin, Insure Central Texas, to NBC

Even if the law is repealed, signing up by tonight means customers will be covered by March and avoid a hefty tax penalty.

Elizabeth Colvin, program director of Insure Central Texas, said Obamacare won't be repealed quickly.

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