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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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Touting the news that Obamacare had reached 7 million sign-ups, an almost unthinkable achievement so soon after the law's disastrous October launch, President Barack Obama sent a direct message Tuesday to Republicans and their efforts to stymie the law: Get over it.

"The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay," Obama said Tuesday in the White House Rose Garden. "In the end, history is not kind to those who deny Americans basic economic security. Nobody remembers well those who stand in the way of America's progress or our people. That's what the Affordable Care Act represents."

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How many people have signed up for private coverage under Obamacare? 7,041,000, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced Tuesday afternoon.

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Obamacare's deadline day brought some shocking news: Despite all its problems, the law was on track to hit 7 million sign-ups, the original projection by the Congressional Budget Office prior to HealthCare.gov's disastrous launch last October.

It's only a symbolic victory for the White House -- Obamacare's long-term success wasn't contingent on 7 million sign-ups -- but after the troubled rollout that saw the law and the president's approval ratings sink to all-time lows, it's surely one that they'll take. A new analysis also credited the law with covering 9.5 million previously uninsured, a significant decrease in the law's first year. All in all, a good day for a law that hasn't had many.

But for Republicans, it signaled the end of some of their favorite Obamacare memes.

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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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