Despite a drastic reduction in outreach, an enrollment period cut in half, and an administration generally unfriendly toward the endeavor, health insurance enrollment in the Obamacare federal exchanges nearly met totals from 2016.
Last year, 9.2 million people signed up for coverage during an open enrollment period that was twice as long.
Approximately 8.8 million people enrolled during the six week open enrollment period in the 39 states that use the federal healthcare.gov website, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid administrator Seema Verma tweeted Thursday.
Enrollment numbers were expected to drop this year, following multiple obstacles put up by the Trump administration, along with its insistence that the law is failing:
Larry Levitt, the senior vice president of Kaiser Family Foundation, tweeted that results like these "didn't seem possible" with the obstacles facing the exchanges this year.
Due to the current administration's refusal to release what their enrollment targets were, it is unknown if the numbers met or exceeded White House expectations.
In addition, people who live in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, as well as some parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, qualify for a special open enrollment period because they were impacted by Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, Maria and Nate. That period ends Dec. 31.