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Published: Sat, December 17, 2016
Medical | By Garry George

HealthCare.gov moves sign up deadline to 11:59 PM PST Monday

HealthCare.gov moves sign up deadline to 11:59 PM PST Monday

The numbers show that President-elect Donald Trump's vow to repeal Obamacare has not deterred people from signing up for policies on the exchanges.

"More are signing up by the day", Obama told reporters in the White House briefing room.

Customers will now have two extra days - until midnight on Monday, Dec. 19 - to buy coverage that will go into effect on Jan 1.

Thursday is another big day for Heathcare.gov because December 15 is the last day people can sign up or make changes to their current plan which takes effect January 1.

The federal marketplace, HealthCare.gov, will remain open until January 31 for existing customers to shop around and swap plans.

This enrollment period comes at a critical moment for the marketplaces and the health law that Obama signed in 2010.

Last minute shoppers have a little more time to purchase a health insurance plan on the marketplace set up by the Affordable Care Act.

But the GOP has not yet advanced any alternatives that would protect the millions of people who now depend on health coverage through the law. They've emphasized that repealing the ACA could result in millions of Americans facing premium hikes and unleash chaos cross the insurance market. NY officials have not said what it would do with the state-run exchange.

Covered California, the nation's largest state marketplace, has also been seeing strong enrollment this fall.

Just a few days after the election, Trump softened his stance, telling the Wall Street Journal on November 12 that he was open to keeping some Obamacare provisions, like extending insurance policies so adult children are covered until they're in their mid-twenties, and prohibiting denial of coverage based on existing health conditions.

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