HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell Defends Obamacare

Health and Human Service (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks during a news conference at the HHS in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Facing new challenges to a legacy law, the Obama administration set its goals for the president’s final health care sign-up season. Burwell said she expects 13.8 million people to sign up. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Health and Human Service (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks during a news conference at the HHS in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Facing new challenges to a legacy law, the Obama administration set its goals for the president’s final health care sign-up season. Burwell said she expects 13.8 million people to sign up Alex Brandon/AP
Health and Human Service (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks during a news conference at the HHS in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Facing new challenges to a legacy law, the Obama administration set its goals for the president’s final health care sign-up season. Burwell said she expects 13.8 million people to sign up. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Health and Human Service (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks during a news conference at the HHS in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Facing new challenges to a legacy law, the Obama administration set its goals for the president’s final health care sign-up season. Burwell said she expects 13.8 million people to sign up Alex Brandon/AP

HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell Defends Obamacare

More than 68,000 Illinois residents have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act since open enrollment started on November 1. That’s up from the same period last year despite the fact that Illinoisans have fewer plans to choose from this time around and that on average, premiums have increased. Meanwhile, President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Georgia Congressman Tom Price, a staunch critic of Obamacare, as his Health and Human Services Secretary, a strong signal that he wants to pursue his plan to dismantle the ACA. 

Morning Shift talks to current Health and Human Services secretary Sylvia Burwell about ACA enrollment in Illinois and what the future may hold for one of President Obama’s biggest achievements.