Over 7 Million Signed Up for Obamacare, White House Claims
By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | April 2, 2014 10:47 AM EST
U.S. President Barack Obama and his team apparently celebrated a victory over the Republican scepticism over Obamacare as the White House declared that over 7 million people had signed up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act.
Rosario Tello, 5, points to a sign outside a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, California March 27, 2014. More than 6 million people have now signed up for private insurance plans under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law known as Obamacare, reflecting a surge in enrollments days before the March 31 deadline, the White House said on Thursday. More than 1 million people have signed up for Obamacare in California, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Mr Obama said that the law was "working". He said that the law was doing what it was supposed to do. He accused the Republicans of scaring people. He said that there was "no good reason to go back", Fox News reported. Mr Obama declared that the debate regarding the cancellation of the law was "over". He emphasised that the Affordable Care Act was there to "stay".
Republicans, on the contrary, disagreed with Mr Obama's claims. Michael Steel, the spokesman of House Speaker John Boehner, said that the law would continue to "harm" Americans even though the White House apparently did a "victory lap" after over 7 million people signed up for Obamacare.
The benefits of the law were promoted by Mr Obama on Tuesday. He talked about the economic security which came with health insurance. He also spoke about the guaranteed protections for people with pre-existing conditions unlike other programmes. The number of people by the midnight of March 31 was confirmed to be 7,041,000 by Jay Carney, the press secretary at the White House. Mr Carney called it a "remarkable surge" despite the rocky start in the enrolment process due to technical issues on the Web site which had been launched on October 1.
Reuters earlier quoted Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi saying that the Obama administration would cross the original target of 7 million for Obamacare. Ms Pelosi claimed it after speaking with Mr Obama even though the figures were not official at that time. Obamacare advocates appeared in 400 radio stations since February to promote the programme. In addition to that, around 5,000 "grassroots" events were held in the last six weeks to promote the Affordable Care Act, CNN reported. HealthCare.gov reportedly received 33 million views before the Obama administration made it happen.
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