After a long, glitch-ridden rollout, President Barack Obama crowed Tuesdaythat the Affordable Care Act is a success, with 7.1 million people signing up for health insurance on the national and state exchanges.
"The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay," said the president in remarks given in the White House Rose Garden. He also called on Republicans to stop their bid to repeal it.
New York State Health Department officials said Tuesday that 1,217,493 New Yorkers had completed applications by the deadline, which was midnight Monday, with 865,487 of those having completed enrollment. More than half of those enrolled -- 453,386 -- were Medicaid enrollees. More than 38,000 procrastinators waited until Monday to sign up and local help lines saw exceptionally heavy traffic during the last week of enrollment.
But state officials have said it's not possible to quantify how many people have actually paid their premiums and Republicans were quick on Tuesday to point out that "Obamacare" was still unpopular with some constituents.