Dems gloat over ObamaCare numbers

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

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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 MurphyDems mull big changes after Brazile bombshell After Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Warren to GOP: Thoughts and prayers not enough after Texas shooting MORE (D-Conn.) wrote: 

Rep. Gwen MooreGwen MooreMore than a dozen lawmakers put family on campaign payroll Freddie, Fannie should offload risk to private insurers Kamala Harris eyed on the dance floor at DC event 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 MurrayA bipartisan bridge opens between the House and Senate Overnight Health Care: ObamaCare sign-ups surge in early days Collins, Manchin to serve as No Labels co-chairs 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."