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Goal achieved: 7 million people signed up for health coverage

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney
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The Obama administration announced that they have reached their goal of seven million sign-ups for health coverage.

According to the Associated Press on April 1, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the goal was obtained on March 31's midnight deadline for sign-ups. Carney told the press:

"The fact that the seven million number has been reached allows us to step back and look at the sweeping, positive change that the law has ushered in to strengthen health security for every American as they go through life."

People who began to apply for health coverage, but could not finish before the deadline will be afforded extra time to complete enrollment. Those Americans could drive the total number of health coverage sign-ups.

The announcement was a major victory for the Affordable Care Act, which kicked off the open enrollment period with website malfunctions and citizens who already had health insurance being dropped by their provider for not being in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.

Carney also said that the Republicans attempt to stop the law did not work, and the milestone is proof positive that the law is working. Also celebrating the victory was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who touted the law's major benefits. She said:

"As implementation takes place then you see where there could be correctives or improvements or refinements."

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act is now over.

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