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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2016, file photo, the HealthCare.gov 2017 web site home page as seen in Washington. President-elect Donald Trump says he wants to preserve health insurance coverage even as he pursues repeal of the Obama-era overhaul that provided it to millions of uninsured people. How his administration handles a pending lawsuit over billions of dollars in insurance subsidies will reveal whether Trump wants an orderly transition to a Republican-designed system or if he’d push “Obamacare” over a cliff. Stripping away the subsidies at issue in the case would put the program into a free-fall. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

12.2 million people signed up for Obamacare in 2017 despite the looming threat of repeal


More than 12.2 million people signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act in 2017 despite the looming that it will be repealed and replaced (or "repaired"). 

The coverage under the ACA has been hit with a spike in premiums and rising deductibles, but the signups didn't slow much. 

If they are going to replace it, it had better be as good or better than what is there, and if it's not, I think it's going to cost them.
John Chipman, Texas resident and ACA enrollee

Roughly 64 percent of the 2017 enrollees live in states that President Trump won in the 2016 election. He, alongside much of the Republican party, repeatedly vowed to "repeal and replace Obamacare." 

The enrollment numbers, compiled by the Associated Press, combine the 9.2 million people reported by the Department of Health and Human Services with 3 million from 11 states that don't use the Healthcare.gov site. 

The percentage of uninsured people in the U.S. has fallen to 9 percent, a record low. But Republicans insist the numbers don't match the success stories promised at its initial signing. The Obama administration had hoped 13.8 million people would sign up, and about one in five customers drop out after getting coverage.

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Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., right, accompanied by Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Trump's pick for health and human services secretary, has promised to repeal the law, but said he does not want to "pull the rug out" from those currently covered by the law. 

Trump advisor Stephen Miller insisted there was a replacement plan waiting,

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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