Obama lauds health care sign-ups of over 7 million
President Barack Obama says 7.1 million Americans enrolled for health care coverage by Monday's midnight deadline. He's praising the achievement of overcoming lost weeks at the start of sign-ups last fall.
Obama says the law has not fixed the health care system but it has made it a lot better. He says there is no reason to go back, in an apparent reference to Republican efforts to repeal the law.
Obama made his remarks in the White House Rose Garden Tuesday after his administration announced the key milestone in the 4-year-old law. The total surpasses a threshold that had once been in doubt because of computer setbacks at the start of sign-ups in the fall.
The 7 million target was thought to be out of reach by most experts after computer glitches slowed sign-ups on deadline day Monday. A surge of consumer interest propelled sign-ups.
The administration has not said how many of those who signed up closed the deal by paying their first month's premiums.
People who started applying but were unable to finish before the deadline can have extra time.
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