Sam Baker Nov 15
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Nearly 1.5 million have signed up for ACA coverage in 2 weeks

ACA enrollment is strong. Photo: Alex Brandon/AP

Nearly 1.5 million people have signed up for coverage through in the first two weeks of this year's open enrollment period — up from just over 1 million at the same point in the last enrollment window. Those results are stronger than many experts anticipated, in light of the Trump administration's cuts to enrollment outreach.

Between the lines: Most of those consumers — about 77% — are renewing their coverage, not signing up for new plans.

That's about the same proportion as last year, but new sign-ups are where Trump's outreach cuts would make the biggest difference. So it's too early to tell how much Trump's actions are affecting enrollment.

Standard disclaimers apply:

  • These figures only include the 39 states that use as their enrollment platform, so they're missing a couple of state-run marketplaces — including some big ones, like California.
  • Some people who sign up for coverage do not go on to pay their premiums, so the number of people actually covered will be slightly lower than the number of people signing up for plans. This is normal and happens every year.
Ina Fried 58 mins ago
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Craigslist pulls personal ads after passage of sex-trafficking bill

Online classified site Craigslist has pulled its entire personal ad section after Congress passed a new sex-trafficking bill that puts more liability on Web sites.

Why it matters: Smaller tech companies and advocates for sex workers had feared a chilling effect if the bill becomes law.

Khorri Atkinson 3 hours ago
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China slaps reciprocal tariffs on U.S. imports

China's President Xi Jinping speaks next to President Trump. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri// AFP / Getty Images

China announced plans to impose reciprocal tariffs on $3 billion of imports from the U.S., hours after President Trump ordered levies on a range of Chinese goods.

The details: China's plan includes a 25% tariff on U.S. pork imports as well as 15% tariffs on American steel pipes, fruit and wine, according to Bloomberg.