OPIOID SERIES:

Dems gloat over ObamaCare numbers

Dems gloat over ObamaCare numbers
© Getty Images

Democrats are touting the latest ObamaCare enrollment numbers as proof that the law is working. 

ADVERTISEMENT
The administration announced on Tuesday that 11.4 million people had signed up ahead of Sunday's deadline, a figure that puts the administration on track to beat its goal of 9.1 million enrollees. Republicans have been largely silent on the numbers. 

Democrats are looking to show that the law is ingrained as an important part of people's lives ahead of Supreme Court arguments next month in King v. Burwell, a case that could gut the law by taking away subsidies that help people buy insurance.

Congressional Democrats tweeted the hashtag #11MillionAndCounting to emphasize that the law continues to expand.

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Cybersecurity: Senators want info on 'stingray' surveillance in DC | Bills to secure energy infrastructure advance | GOP lawmaker offers cyber deterrence bill Overnight Health Care: GOP pushes stiff work requirements for food stamps | Johnny Isakson opens up about family's tragic loss to opioids | Republicans refuse to back vulnerable Dem's opioids bill | Dems offer new public option plan Dems give muted praise to Pompeo-Kim meeting MORE (D-Conn.) wrote: 

Rep. Gwen MooreGwen Sophia MooreLawmakers remember Slaughter in Capitol ceremony Dems slam FCC head for proposed limits to low-income internet program Democrats lay into Trump's pick of Bolton for national security adviser MORE (D-Wis.) added:

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) praised his home state of Maryland's efforts in doubling the number of sign-ups from last year, when its website was plagued with problems. 

"We're very pleased with the numbers," he said on a call with reporters Wednesday. "We're very pleased that there's been a definite uptick in interest. I'm not surprised interest has ticked up."

"This is all good news and I'm very, very pleased that things have gone so well," he added.

Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayThe risk of kicking higher ed reauthorization down the road Trump admin announces abstinence-focused overhaul of teen pregnancy program Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes MORE (D-Wash.), the top Democrat on the Senate health committee, added a jab at Republicans.

"Democrats are going to keep working to build on this progress by continuing to help families get coverage, make health insurance more affordable, and improve quality of care — and I hope our Republican colleagues will join us," she said.

A Facebook video from Tuesday night with President Obama announcing the enrollment numbers has had more than 1.2 million views. 

“The Affordable Care Act is working," Obama said in the video. "It’s working a little bit better than we anticipated. Certainly, it’s working a lot better than any of the critics talked about."