*(Via LA Times) – Driven by a last-minute flood of enrollments, particularly in California, sign-ups for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act‘s online marketplaces hit 8 million, President Obama announced Thursday.
The total exceeded the initial forecast by 1 million people and capped a notable comeback after a disastrous debut last fall gave rise to predictions the law would collapse in its maiden year.
The health law, often called Obamacare, instead has brought about the largest increase in insurance coverage in the United States in the half a century since Medicare and Medicaid were created.
“This thing is working,” Obama said from the White House briefing room.
He took repeated jabs at his Republican critics who continue to pledge to roll back the law, showing a new willingness to go on the political offensive on the subject.
“The repeal debate is, and should be, over,” he declared. “We’ve been having a political fight about this for five years. We need to move on to something else.”
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