“It is very unlikely that we will hit the same number of enrollees as last year.”

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It’s crunch time for Obamacare. Because the Trump administration slashed open enrollment in half this year, the last day for people to sign up for 2018 health coverage is next Friday.

A lot of ink has been spilled trying to assess whether Obamacare is running ahead of or way behind previous years, given the shorter enrollment period and the Trump administration’s deliberate sabotage of the health care law.

This seems to be the proper assessment, with one week to go: More Americans are signing up on a daily basis, but, because of the truncated window for sign-ups, 2018 has fallen behind if you look at it as a share of the enrollment period.

This chart from Avalere makes it clear, I think:

The people who are working to sign people up for Obamacare this year are acutely aware of their closing window. Sarah spent some time in Wisconsin recently talking with those folks.

This is what Adam VanSpankeren, the lead health care navigator at Covering Wisconsin, a nonprofit that signs people up for the Affordable Care Act programs, told her:

In Wisconsin, VanSpankeren is energized by the high sign-ups but nervous about the next two weeks. The sign-up period ends on December 15. There isn’t much time left.

“It can be stressful because I worry we won’t be able to do enough,” he says. “If I have stress, it’s because there are people we’re not reaching. When I’m at home in the evenings, I feel like Read More Here