Health care law sign-ups dip ahead of next week’s dead­line

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WASH­ING­TON — With open en­roll­ment end­ing next week, the gov­ern­ment said Thurs­day that sign-ups for cov­er­age un­der former Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health care law are lag­ging. Fig­ures by the Cen­ters for Medi­care and Med­i­caid Ser­vices show that 3.2 mil­lion peo­ple have signed up for sub­si­dized pri­vate in­sur­ance, com­pared with 3.6 mil­lion at the same time last year.

Open en­roll­ment ends Dec. 15. The num­ber of new cus­tomers is down nearly 18 per­cent.

Many Democrats blame the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion for the slip­page, but in­de­pen­dent ex­perts say there may be other rea­sons. In a strong econ­omy peo­ple are more likely to find jobs with cov­er­age.

Most of the 10 mil­lion cur­rently en­rolled will have their cov­er­age re­newed au­to­mat­i­cally.

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