President Joe Biden says that 1 million Americans have signed up for health insurance under “Obamacare” during a special enrollment period for those in need of coverage during the coronavirus epidemic.
Biden reopened the HealthCare.gov insurance markets in February for a six-month sign-up opportunity.
Biden has promised to build on President Barack Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act to push coverage toward all of America. He said the law known as “Obamacare” had been “a lifeline for millions of Americans” since it became law more than a decade ago.
Biden said the US had made “immense progress” in increasing access to health insurance through this special enrollment period.
Although the number of uninfected Americans has increased due to job losses due to the economic hit of the coronavirus, President Donald Trump’s administration opposed calls to authorize a special nomination period for those left uninsured in the epidemic.
The failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as Trump, a Republican, vowed to do repeatedly was one of the most bitter disappointments of the former president. His administration kept trying to find ways to limit this program or to ignore it.
Trump’s final legal challenge is expected by the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act.