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Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He previously reported for Governing magazine in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized with a 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors award for Best Feature Series and a 2010 Associated Press Society of Ohio award for Best Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at dylan@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Obamacare sign-ups were on track to hit 7 million as the clock neared midnight Monday, the deadline for enrolling in private coverage under the law.

On its own, the number is largely meaningless. The law wasn't going to succeed or fail in the long term if it hit or missed that mark, which the Congressional Budget Office originally projected enrollment would hit before saying the number would probably be lower after the law's troubled launch in October.

But the gigantic surge in Obamacare's final month does suggest something important: People must really want health insurance.

By sheer numbers, March was an unqualified success. About 2.8 million Americans signed up for coverage, 1 million more than December, the previous record month. In the last five days alone, 1 million people enrolled -- more than twice as many as enrolled in October and November combined.

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For the first time, the Washington Post-ABC News poll has found more Americans support Obamacare than oppose it.

The poll, released Monday, the law's enrollment deadline, found 49 percent of Americans support the law and 48 percent oppose it. It was the first time, dating back to August 2009, that support outweighed opposition in the poll.

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UPDATE, 5:43 p.m. ET

The Obama administration offered another update on web traffic late Monday afternoon.


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The federal Obamacare website is experiencing "record volume" Monday, the deadline for enrolling in coverage, the Obama administration said.

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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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Looks pretty bad, doesn't it? According to this Fox News graphic, Obamacare enrollment is falling far short of the pre-launch goals. It's not even close.

Of course, that's because their graphic wizards have obliterated any semblance of proportion to make it look like 6 million is somehow one-third of 7 million.

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After a disastrous opening act for its Obamacare marketplace, Maryland is planning to start over from scratch as soon as the first enrollment period ends Monday.

The Washington Post reported that the Maryland marketplace's board will vote Tuesday to hire the firm that built Connecticut's website and bring its technology platform to Maryland.

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About 9.5 million Americans who were previously uninsured have gotten health coverage under Obamacare, according to a new analysis.

The Los Angeles Times reported the number, which combines data from an unpublished study by RAND Corp. with other publicly available figures. It's one of the most comprehensive efforts yet to asses the law's impact on the uninsured as open enrollment comes to a close.

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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 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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