Obamacare enrollment continues despite judge striking down the law


It's not too late yet, but time is running out to enroll in the Affordable Care Act marketplace health insurance for 2019. New signups during last year's open enrollment period are down about 18 percent compared to this year.

While O'Connor's ruling marks an uncertain moment for the millions of people who rely on Obamacare for health insurance coverage, it won't immediately take effect.

The number of enrollees in New Jersey so far this year is down significantly over the same period in 2018, a trend that is matched across the country.

The health care law still faces legal challenges, A conservative federal judge in Texas ruled the Affordable Care Act "invalid" Friday on the eve of the sign-up deadline for next year. A few states that run their own health care websites have later deadlines.

American Medical Association president Barbara McAneny said the group will work with other groups in pursuing an appeal and reversal of the decision.

Enrollment on the exchanges is down around 11% this year, compared to this time last year. Consumers have more plans to choose from to find the best fit for themselves.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says the number of signups is down almost 12 percent compared to a year ago.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the ruling "an assault" and a spokesperson for his office indicated an appeal would be coming.

But boosting sign-ups "was not a priority" for the Trump administration, said Ferguson, now a consultant.

Gonzalez said a lot of people want quick answers-but getting enrolled in an insurance plan is not often a quick process. Christine Ferguson said many healthy people don't realize the value of coverage until something bad happens to them. President Donald Trump failed to outright repeal the ACA previous year. WXXI's Brett Dahlberg has more on what that means for local health care consumers, and the insurance navigators whose job it is to help them. Health insurers were seeking an average 19.4 percent increase.