President: Obamacare Signups Will Approach 7 Million

Monday, 31 Mar 2014 11:06 PM

By Jason Devaney

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The number of Americans who enroll in healthcare through the Obamacare exchanges will be nearly 7 million by Tuesday, President Barack Obama said Monday.

During a pre-taped interview with CBS News, Obama said the figure would be "reasonably close" to the number estimated by the Congressional Budget Office.

"We admittedly had just a terrible start because the website wasn't working, and despite losing effectively two months, we are going to be reasonably close to that original projection," Obama said in the interview, as reported by The Hill.

White House press secretary Jay Carney echoed that on Monday, saying during a press briefing that the final tally as of Tuesday would be higher than the 6 million signups the law hit last week, The Hill reported.

Despite website problems early Monday, HealthCare.gov saw a surge in traffic as people opted to sign up ahead of the midnight deadline.

"I think that reflects what we had been saying was almost certainly going to be the case, which is there would be a surge at the end, as there was in December, because people respond to deadlines, and that young and healthy people in particular would wait the longest before signing up because that’s kind of what young people do," Carney said.

Vice President Joe Biden appeared on "The Rachael Ray Show" on Monday to discuss Obamacare, while Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made the rounds as well.

Some Obamacare critics, however, are skeptical of the signup figures.

"I think they don't want to give that number," Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso said Monday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."

"They needed 7 million people to make the math work," he said.

On Sunday, Barrasso accused the White House of "cooking the books" as they relate to signup numbers.

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