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You probably hear a lot of numbers about Obamacare: 6 million people have enrolled since October, but wasn't it supposed to be 7 million? How many states are using HealthCare.gov? How much is all of this going to cost?

To make things simpler as the law's first open enrollment period comes to a close, here are the numbers you should know to understand Obamacare.

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How much will Obamacare cost?

The law's first open enrollment period (more or less) ends Monday. With it will undoubtedly come much debate about whether it succeeded in signing up enough people. For the time being, that's largely irrelevant. Check back in three years to determine if the insurance market is sustainable, affordable and providing health coverage to the uninsured.

But how the 2014 market shakes out -- and how it affects the 2015 market and beyond -- will help determine the answer to a question that neither party seems all that interested in exploring: How much will Obamacare, at least in the form of tax subsidies that help pay for coverage, actually cost?

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The Iowa press saw Rep. Bruce Braley's (D-IA) comments slamming "farmer" Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) as more like President Barack Obama's guns and religion comment during his first presidential campaign or Mitt Romney's 47 percent comment in 2012 than a "Todd Akin" moment.

Republicans, by contrast, were quick to label Braley's poorly crafted warning that a farmer could become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee as a "Todd Akin-like" gaffe.

It didn't help much when Braley's campaign misspelled two Iowa farming terms in a press release a little while after his original comments first came to light. Below is a roundup of editorials on Braley's comments.

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The last few times that the Obama administration has released a new Obamacare enrollment report or announced a new enrollment milestone, a familiar chorus has come up from the right: Those numbers aren't quite right.

It happened again Thursday when the White House proclaimed six million people had signed up for private coverage under the law.

The origin of the criticsm is based in very legitimate questions about the numbers: How many of those people paid their first premium, formally initiating their new coverage? How many were previously uninsured, rather than previously insured people who just moved over to a new plan?

But those are questions the Obama administration says it isn't able to answer yet. Premiums are paid directly to the insurance companies, and the administration says it doesn't yet have accurate information about how many people have paid them. The online application on HealthCare.gov doesn't include a question about an applicant's prior insurance status, which makes that metric difficult to track.

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Over the last week or so, the departure of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) billionaire finance co-chairman has caused a few headaches for the governor's re-election campaign, and could cause more pain going forward.

Roughly a week ago Scott's billionaire campaign finance co-chairman, Mike Fernandez, quit the campaign citing "behind-the-scenes disagreements." Soon more details came out. Fernandez, who was born in Cuba, was reportedly very dissatisfied with the direction of campaign and how much access he had to Scott. Fernandez, in an email obtained by the Miami Herald, was shaken by "culturally insensitive" language two Scott staffers had been using on the way to a Mexican restaurant. Politico then obtained another email where Fernandez complained about the "paranoia" of Scott campaign manager Melissa Sellers.

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Of the many ways Republicans might target Obamacare if they win the Senate this fall, at least one should have a decent chance of earning the approval of the White House: repealing the law's employer mandate.

The employer mandate is supposed to require companies with more than 50 employees to provide health coverage to their workers or pay a fine. It's unpopular with the business community, though the general public supports it.

If the GOP held the House and the Senate, insiders expect the employer mandate to be a likely target for their anti-Obamacare agenda. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), in line to assume control of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, has already introduced a repeal bill this Congress.

"If things were to turn, if Republicans were to take a simple majority, I think this would be one of the top things that Republicans would look at," Amanda Austin, health policy expert for the National Federation of Independent Businesses, one of the groups involved in the lawsuit to overturn Obamacare and one major force behind the repeal effort, told TPM.

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A group of moderate Senate Democrats, including several in tough reelection races this fall, proposed Thursday a package of "fixes" to the Affordable Care Act.

Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Mary Landrieu (LA), Mark Begich (AK), Mark Warner (VA), Joe Manchin (WV) and Angus King (I-ME) released the proposals in tandem, along with a co-written op-ed in Politico. Begich and Landrieu have particularly tough reelection bids, already taking a hammering from conservative groups for their support of Obamacare.

"As I have said from the beginning, the Affordable Care Act is not perfect," Landrieu said in a statement. "No law is. That is why I am happy to join with several of my colleagues to put forth some ideas to make it work even better. I hope some, if not all of these, suggestions will gain support from Republicans and Democrats to become law."

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