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Obama: 7.1M enrolled in ObamaCare

More than 7 million people enrolled in ObamaCare during the first open enrollment period, President Obama announced Tuesday in the Rose Garden.

"Despite several lost weeks out of the gate because of problems with the website, 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance through these marketplaces," the president said.

The 7.1 million figure was more than the 7.041 million announced by press secretary Jay Carney just hours earlier. 

The administration is allowing consumers who were unable to complete their applications to continue the process beyond Monday. Moreover, the federal government is still collecting data from states who run their own insurance exchanges.

Obama heralded the achievement as "a big step forward."

"Under this law, the share of Americans with insurance is up and the growth of healthcare costs is down," Obama said.
The mood was noticeably different from four and a half months ago, when Obama also addressed the nation from the Rose Garden about his signature law.

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