More than 2.1 million Americans -- including 68,192 Illinoisans -- have selected health insurance plans through the Obamacare exchange since open enrollment began
On a national level, that's up 97,000 compared with
The numbers were released a day after President-elect
In the meantime, many
Most Illinoisans get health coverage through their employers or government programs such as
Americans have until
"If I were hit by a car or what have you, I wouldn't want to compromise my entire financial future, which I've worked very hard to try to secure for many years," said Holden, 55.
He's not sure whether he'll buy a plan on or off the exchange -- though he imagines both will be affected by an Obamacare repeal. The uncertainty is grating, he said, but not enough to stop him from securing health insurance. Under Obamacare, all Americans must get insurance or pay a penalty.
"It just adds another level of aggravation to the process, going through all this work this year and not knowing what we'll face a year from now," Holden said.
Many have already spent hours trying to find the best exchange coverage for their families -- a task made more difficult this year by reduced choices and higher prices.
For next year, no exchange plan includes
The slimmed-down networks, paired with higher prices, have made shopping more confusing this year, said
At this point, she said in an email she's "hoping and praying" it will all work out.
"I tell people their job is to get through 2017," said Slayton, who runs a brokerage agency in
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