With health law in jeopardy, more than 12M still sign up

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2016 file photo, The HealthCare.gov 2017 web site home page as seen in Washington. More than 12.2 million people have signed up for coverage nationwide this year under the Obama-era health care law as the new Trump administration and the GOP-led Congress remain committed to its repeal. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A count by The Associated Press shows that more than 12.2 million people have signed up for coverage nationwide this year under “Obamacare.” That’s as the new Trump administration and the GOP-led Congress remain committed to repealing the Obama-era health law.

Many consumers returned to the program despite its problems, including a spike in premiums, rising deductibles and a dwindling choice of insurers. There’s also the political uncertainty.

Enrollment is about 4 percent lower than last year, but the sizable number of sign-ups illustrates the political risk Republicans face as they try to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and put in place a conservative approach.

AP’s analysis showed that a clear majority of those enrolled — nearly 64 percent — live in states that President Donald Trump carried in November.