Obama Exults at 7M Signups: 'Armageddon Has Not Arrived'

President sounds pretty happy in Rose Garden about ObamaCare
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2014 5:08 PM CDT
Obama Exults at 7M Signups: 'Armageddon Has Not Arrived'
President Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act Tuesday in the Rose Garden.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

With an official count of 7,041,000 signups under ObamaCare—a number expected to grow as final tallies are made—President Obama enjoyed what both ABC and NBC called a "victory lap" in the Rose Garden today. "Many of the tall tales have been debunked," he said. "There are still no death panels. Armageddon has not arrived." The president said he doesn't understand why so many were "so mad about the idea of people having health insurance," but they better get over it, because the law is working "and it's here to stay."

Another person who used the term "victory lap" was John Boehner, but he did so in criticizing Obama for celebrating a law that "continues to harm the American people," reports the Los Angeles Times. Meanwhile, Dave Weigel at Slate dubs "Confused Arkansas Guy" as the newest ObamaCare victim. That's thanks to a new ad funded by the Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity group in which a man complains not that his policy has been canceled, but that it's now surrounded in a confusing "haze" because of the new law. "It was taken away from us, or it was given back to us, or it was taken," he says. A main target is Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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