Nov. 7 (UPI) -- More people have signed up for healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act in the first few days of this month, the first open enrollment period under President Donald Trump, than they did last year at this time.
The enrollment period began Nov. 1, with more than 200,000 Americans buying health coverage that day -- more than double the number who signed up on the first day of enrollment last year, The Hill reported Tuesday.
The exact figures could possibly be larger, because more than a dozen states run their own programs apart from the federal website. This year's enrollment window is half as long as last year's.
Democrats had feared the signup numbers would fall this year, as Trump has cut back on outreach and advertising by 90 percent -- and has led repeated attempts to repeal former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.
Obama has encouraged Americans to sign up for coverage -- even releasing a video urging people to buy ACA plans.
The enrollment period is scheduled to run through Dec. 15.