White House: Healthcare Enrollment May Hit 7 Million

By CBS News

Published 04/01 2014 06:42AM

Updated 04/01 2014 11:56AM

WASHINGTON, DC -- White House officials say more than  7 million Americans were on track to sign up for health care coverage by Monday's deadline.

On the phone -  on-line  - or in long lines, Americans trying to apply for health insurance before Monday's deadline faced challenges.

"We've had very angry people this morning lined up since very early and walking away with just nothing," one signup counselor said Monday.

The mad dash to get coverage pushed the federal enrollment site, healthcare.gov, to capacity.

People flocked to enrollment sites Monday to avoid fines they could face if they didn’t sign-up before the deadline.
"I just don't want to keep getting more penalized," says Pierre Martinez, who was trying to sign up Monday.

Healthcare dot gov  experienced extensive problems since it launched last October,  fueling Republican opposition to the new  health care law.
 House Speaker John Boehner has said  that Republicans remain committed to repealing Obamacare.

Despite all this, Obama administration officials told the Associated Press the last minute surge put them on track to surpass their target to enroll 7 million Americans under the Affordable Care Act.

"It is because of the determination of the American people who so clearly demonstrated the desire for quality affordable health insurance that they would not be deterred," said White House press secretary Jay Carney.

Those who got stuck in yesterday’s backlog shouldn’t worry.  As you long as they attempted to enroll before the deadline, you have until the middle of the month to finish the process.

(Marlie Hall, CBS News)

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