President Barack Obama said that 7.1 million people signed up for coverage under his health-insurance law.
“All told, because of this law, millions of our fellow citizens know the economic security of health insurance who didn’t just a few years ago — and that’s something to be proud of,” Obama said at the White House one day after a deadline for the uninsured to sign up for care this year.
The 7.1 million total doesn’t “include enrollments through separate state exchanges or people who started the process and weren’t able to finish because of technical difficulties,” Bloomberg’s Angela Greiling Keane and Roger Runningen reported.
The president said the law is “doing what it’s supposed to do,” after acknowledging problems with its rollout.
“Like every major piece of legislation — from Social Security to Medicare — the law is not perfect,” Obama said. “We’ve had to make adjustments along the way, and the implementation — especially with the website — has had its share of problems.
Obama’s statement was countered by Republican opponents and limited-government groups such as Americans for Prosperity, which has run ads attacking Obamacare 19,882 times, according to New York-based Kantar Media’s CMAG. Most of those ads attack Democratic senators from Republican-leaning states who voted for the law.
The Obama administration “will say and do anything to avoid admitting that their signature health care law is a terrible deal for millions of Americans across the country,” Mac Zimmerman, AFP’s policy director, said in a statement.
“Attention now will turn to the quality of coverage Obamacare enrollees receive, their access to medical services, and insurer preparations for 2015,” Keane and Margaret Talev reported for Bloomberg News.