President Obama said 7.1M Americans signed up for Obamacare, exceeding expectations

With an I-told-you-so swagger, President Obama said Tuesday that 7.1 million Americans signed up for health insurance by Monday's deadline - exceeding the original White House goal under Obamacare.

"In the first six months, we've taken a big step forward," he said amid cheers of supporters in the White House Rose Garden. "The truth is even more want to sign up."

The 7.1 million sign-up figure does not include anyone who enrolled Monday in 14 states with their own online insurance marketplaces.

Nor does it count those who will be allowed to exploit an extension of the deadline if they couldn't complete applications by the deadline due to website problems.

The announcement brought welcome, if temporary, relief to Democrats following months of derision, especially among Republicans, after the disastrous rollout of the federal Obamacare designated for Americans in 36 states to shop for and purchase insurance.

In his Rose Garden remarks, Obama offered stories of everyday Americans who had benefited from his signature domestic program. He then used those sagas to deride naysayers.

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