White House says Obamacare is on Track to Meet Original Goal of 7 Million Sign-Ups

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After a surge of sign-ups on the last day for open enrollment, Obamacare is on track to hit the White House’s original target of 7 million people signing up, a senior administration official said Tuesday.

President Barack Obama will address the milestone with a statement from the Rose Garden at 4:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

On Monday, more than 4.8 million visits were made to HealthCare.gov and 2 million calls were made to the call center, the official said.

The administration is awaiting final numbers from the federal and state exchanges, the official said.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office originally projected the 7 million target, which was embraced by administration officials.

Monday’s crush of enrollees came despite a software bug early in the day that proved to be a fleeting reminder of the technical woes that plagued the system when it was rolled out.

“System isn’t available at the moment,” a message on HealthCare.gov said. “We’re currently performing maintenance.” But by 8 a.m. in Washington, the glitch had been resolved.

An official told CNN on Monday that the surge included a good percentage of young adults — a demographic whose inclusion among enrollees is considered key to controlling costs.

Consumers who attempted to sign up on Monday but who experienced technical problems in doing so will be given a few additional days to complete the process, the administration official said.

States running their own exchanges also cited a surge of interest. California’s exchange ran sluggishly on Monday, but consumers there were given a reprieve, too. Those who didn’t finish the process were given until April 15 to do so, Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said Monday.

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SOURCE: Jim Acosta and Tom Watkins
CNN

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