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Washington (CNN) - After a surge on the last day of open enrollment, Obamacare met the original White House target of 7 million sign-ups, President Barack Obama said Tuesday at what amounts to a victory for his administration.
In fact, he said at a White House ceremony the number of people who picked a plan on federal and state exchanges was slightly over the threshold at 7.1 million.
On Monday, the final day for Americans to sign up on the federal exchanges, more than 4.8 million visits were made to HealthCare.gov and 2 million calls were made to the call center, officials said.
Obama said the health care law has "made our health care system a lot better" by allowing millions of Americans to access insurance who previously didn't have it.
(CNN) – Jessica Sanford, the Washington State woman cited by President Barack Obama as an Obamacare success story, received more bad news Tuesday. Officials with the state's health exchange checked on her case and said she will not qualify for assistance in buying insurance.
Sanford had written the White House last month after purchasing what she thought was affordable health care coverage on the Washington state insurance exchange.
Part of her message was read by the President at a Rose Garden event at the a White House on October 21.