ObamaCare Signups Surge Past 7M Target
More than 7M poised to sign up as of yesterday
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 1, 2014 6:47 AM CDT
Updated Apr 1, 2014 7:44 AM CDT
Shareda Green, center, meets with a volunteer with the Pennsylvania Health Access Network to begin the process of signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, Monday, March 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – Experts didn't think the White House could reach a goal of 7 million ObamaCare signups as of yesterday—but it looks like their forecasts were wrong. Officials say the administration was on track to receive more than 7 million signups, in line with the original Congressional Budget Office target numbers. That target had earlier been shrunk to 6 million following HealthCare.gov's troubled debut, the AP notes. Still, among the 7 million, it's uncertain how many had previously lacked any coverage; it also remains to be seen how many new enrollees complete the process by actually paying their first premiums.

"It's kind of the lead-up to Christmas right now, and all the last-minute shoppers are out," one health insurance marketer tells the Huffington Post of yesterday's flurry of new enrollees. The huge volume resulted in headaches and came amid site glitches, as HealthCare.gov struggled to keep up with traffic that at times topped 125,000 simultaneous visitors. The 7 million milestone is particularly impressive given the meager 26,000 the website managed to sign up in its first month, NBC News notes. Those who missed yesterday's deadline—and haven't qualified for one of nine extensions and exceptions to the rules—won't get another chance at open enrollment until November.

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Apr 3, 2014 6:19 PM CDT
Barry, republican extremists will come Barry. They'll come to Newser for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll click on the Home Page not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at an Obama article as innocent as children, but longing for the past. "Of course, we won't mind if you post a comment, as long as you abide by the comment policy. It's only that you're civil and respectful to every person." But they'll completely pass over the comment policy without even thinking about it: for it is anger they have and peace they lack. And they'll puke out all they can muster into the comment section; spewing vitriol on a perfect afternoon for a president the vast majority of the voting public elected to lead the nation out of the economic destruction of the previous republican administration. They'll find they have no reservations for being racist or sexist or hypocritical idiots. And they'll attack anybody who isn't as angry and bitter in the same way they are. The anger will be so thick they'll have to brush it away from their faces. Republican extremists will come Barry. The one constant through all the years, Barry, has been partisan ignorance. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But partisan ignorance has marked the time. This website, these many articles: it's a part of our past, Barry. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... republican extremists will come Barry. They will most definitely come.
Apr 3, 2014 10:34 AM CDT
Liar of the year suddenly comes up with the "magical" 7 million- only an obamazombie would believe this crap.
Chris Farley
Apr 3, 2014 10:26 AM CDT
notice no more reporting on this. Must be all the details coming out makes it hard to whitewash it with talking points and one liners.