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Affordable Care Act milestone

Created: 04/18/2014 8:56 AM
By: Tracie Potts, NBC News

(NBC News) -- The extended deadline has passed.. And this morning we have numbers on how many people actually signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

The Obama Administration is claiming victory. But Republicans here on Capitol Hill are pumping the brakes, saying these new numbers don't tell the whole story.

After signing up everyone who missed the deadline because of a last-minute computer glitch, the numbers are in:

Eight million people signed up for health insurance under the affordable care act - more than the original goal. "This thing is working," declared President Barack Obama

35 percent - more than a third - were under age 35. They're the key to balancing the cost for everyone else.

But Republicans say when you take out children and only count healthy adults... It's only 28 percent - less than predicted. "We've been having a political fight about this for five years. We need to move on to something else[.] This shouldn't be a political football," said President Barack Obama.

But it is. Republicans insist the President's not telling the whole story:

They say just wait till Americans find out which doctors and procedures their plans don't cover.

Taxes are coming up for those who didn't sign up.

Plus republicans insist premiums could increase just-in-time for the fall elections. "There are whole lot of pieces that have yet to play out here so I think of this bottle popping and cork smiling is a just little bit premature," said Former RNC Chairman, Michael Steele.

Top Republicans on Capitol Hill stayed off camera.

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said they're still looking for a way to replace it.

Republicans also point out that we still don't know how many people paid for their health insurance.
 


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