More than 12M signed up for ‘Obamacare’

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2017, file photo, the website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Washington. President Donald Trump and Republican leaders say drastic action is needed because “Obamacare” is a disaster, with soaring premiums and insurers headed for the exits. But while major parts of the 2010 health care law are clearly troubled, others are working fairly well. The risk is that the GOP’s “rescue mission” will inflict collateral damage on what’s working and create new problems. Or that promised solutions might disappoint. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) —  The government says more than 12 million people have signed up for coverage this year under former President Barack Obama’s health care law, even as the Republican-led Congress debates its repeal.

The 12.2 million figure nationwide does not include an additional 765,000 people signed up under an option in the Obama-era law called the Basic Health Plan, which is used by two states, New York and Minnesota.

Counting those enrollees, total sign-ups approach 13 million people.

More than 8 in 10 of those signed up were eligible for income-based tax credits to help pay their premiums, and nearly 6 in 10 were eligible for additional assistance with out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and copayments.

The numbers represent initial enrollment. In the past, there’s been significant attrition as the year goes on.