Consumers in much of the country will have a broader selection of health insurance plans next year, the Obama administration said Tuesday, as it predicted an increase of about 25 percent in the number of insurers that are expected to compete in federal and state marketplaces. [...] So far, [administration officials] said, the number of insurers, also known as issuers, is up to 315 next year, from 252 this year. For the 36 states served by the federal marketplace, it said, the number is up almost 30 percent, to 248 next year, from 191 this year.
Republicans predicted enrollment will decline. The House Energy and Commerce Committee said the administration had initially announced 8 million Americans had signed up for Obamacare as of late spring, which means the 7.3 million figure represents the beginning of that decline. GOP lawmakers also said they are concerned with continuing reports about the initial Obamacare rollout last October.