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Alaska ad proudly links Democratic Sen. Begich to 'Obamacare,' a rare move in 2014 elections

WASHINGTON - Democrats have spent months debating how to answer conservatives' attacks on President Barack Obama's health care law. Friends of an embattled Democratic senator now are fighting back by proudly linking him to "Obamacare." An independent group in Alaska is airing a TV ad that praises Democratic Sen. Mark Begich. It says he helped people obtain insurance even if they have "pre-existing conditions" such as cancer. The 30-second ad doesn't mention Obama or his health care law by name.

House defeats bipartisan fix to ACA's treatment of health plans for expatriate workers

WASHINGTON - The House on Wednesday rejected a bipartisan fix to the Affordable Care Act that would exempt U.S. health plans sold to expatriate workers from having to comply with the law's mandates. The legislation was aimed at helping U.S. insurance companies like Cigna and Metlife that are now at a competitive disadvantage with overseas firms that do not have to comply with mandates such as the so-called Cadillac tax on high-end plans, patient protections and a host of reporting requirements.

President celebrates enrollment of 7.1 mn in Obamacare

Washington, Apr 1 (EFE).- The Affordable Care Act "has made our healthcare system a lot better," President Barack Obama said Tuesday, touting 7.1 million enrollments in Obamacare, a goal that did not seem possible six months ago due to the fiasco that was the launching of the Web site. "Regardless of your politics, or your feelings about the law or your feelings about me, that is something that is good for the economy," he said during a White House briefing where he was joined by Vice President Joe Biden.

Cigna says signed up 75,000-100,000 for Obamacare

By Caroline Humer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cigna Corp has enrolled between 75,000 and 100,000 people in Obamacare health plans for 2014, Chief Executive David Cordani said on Tuesday at the Reuters Health Summit. Among those, about two-thirds signed up through the public exchanges created as part of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, popularly called Obamacare, Cordani said on the day after the enrollment period for the plans ended. The rest signed up directly with Cigna.

Obamacare sign-ups hit seven million target: W.House

The White House said Tuesday it had reached its target of signing up seven million people to new insurance plans under President Barack Obama's health care law. "I think it is fair to say we surpassed everybody's expectations," spokesman Jay Carney said, noting that 7,041,000 people had signed up before a midnight deadline. Carney said more than 200,000 people signed up on Monday on a federal website, and the number was expected to rise as data came in from the states. Obama was due to speak on the issue at 4:15 pm (2015 GMT).

White House: Obamacare enrollment exceeds seven million people

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that more than 7 million people had signed up for healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act, exceeding its original goal after a botched rollout of the program. "With the remarkable surge in enrollment, 7,041,000 people signed up for health insurance before the midnight deadline yesterday and that doesn't count the last day surge in signups in more than a dozen states that run their own marketplaces," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

Q&A: It's hard to define success as health care overhaul marks a milestone - sort of

WASHINGTON - Like so much about the government's health care overhaul, Monday's deadline to sign up for coverage in 2014 didn't turn out quite as planned: Many people still are eligible for extensions that will let them enrol. The change of plans shouldn't come as much of a surprise, given the disastrous rollout last fall, the mass policy cancellation notices that shocked even the president, and other set-in-law deadlines that turned out not to be not so firm.

White House sees Obamacare sign-ups 'substantially larger' than six million

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday that it expects final enrollment numbers for private health care insurance under Obamacare in 2014 to be "substantially larger" than 6 million after a busy final weekend of in-person and online signups. "Here on the last day of enrollment, we're looking at a number substantially larger than 6 million people enrolled," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, noting he was not sure when the government would be able to release its final enrollment figures.

Late Obamacare surge jams website

A last minute enrollment surge briefly jammed the website for President Barack Obama's health care law Monday as his top domestic legacy achievement hit a first-year deadline. The White House, which has paid a heavy political price for the unpopular law, was triumphant as a predicted late rush for policies materialized and banished memories of a disastrous website outage which haunted the launch of enrollments late last year.

Health law changes take hold but acceptance eludes "Obamacare" as sign-up season winds down

WASHINGTON - As a roller-coaster sign-up season winds down, President Barack Obama's health care law has indeed managed to change the country. Americans are unlikely to go back to a time when people with medical problems could be denied coverage. But Obama's overhaul needs major work of its own if it is to go down in history as a legacy achievement like Medicare or Social Security. Major elements of the Affordable Care Act face an uncertain future:
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