>> Obamacare is dying. It's essentially dead.>> Not exactly. In fact, according to a government official, about 8.8 million people signed up for the 2018 Obamacare insurance plans on the federally run healthcare.gov. Only a 4% decline from sign-ups in 2017. The modest dip coming, despite the fact the Trump administration halved the enrollment period to just six weeks and cut its advertising an average budget by nearly 90%.
The GOP repeatedly failed over the summer to repeal the 2010 law, but the administration has weakened key aspects of it. Trump, in October, cut off billions of dollars of subsidy payments to ensurers that helped cover medical expenses for low income Americans.>> We, I hate to say this, but we essentially repealed Obamacare because-
>> On Wednesday, President Trump claimed to have essentially repealed Obamacare by adding a provision in the tax bill that killed the individual mandate, essential tenant of the healthcare law, which penalized Americans who did not obtain health insurance. But other elements of the law, such as an expansion of Medicaid, and the requirement ensures cover a basket of essential services and pre-existing conditions remain in tact.