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The Latest Obamacare Sign-Up Numbers Will Not Make President Trump Very Happy

By Mark Pygas

President Donald Trump has repeatedly attempted to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which he claims is "failing." His latest attempt was shut down by Arizona Republican John McCain, as well as fellow Republican Senators Susan Collins, of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska.

Only 24% of Americans supported the Graham-Cassidy bill, according to a poll by Public Policy Polling. And this week, a poll by the Washington Post and ABC revealed that only 26% of Americans believe Trump is handling health care effectively.

It makes sense then that at the start of Obamacare's new enrollment cycle on November 1, people were signing up at a far greater pace than last year. According to the Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), 464,140 customers renewed their coverage and another 137,322 customers enrolled for the first time in the first four days of 2017.