Affordable Care Act Enrollment Reaches Target

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, ended on March 31. This date has been a nerve wracking one for those who created the new law, but despite the many setbacks with the rollout, Obamacare has exceeded the seven million-person target.

President Obama made the happy announcement from the White House Rose Garden, that 7.1 million people now have health coverage under the law. He also took the opportunity to tell Republicans it was time to stop trying to appeal it. The law has had the fiercest opposition from Speaker John Boehner who said, again, on Monday that he would like to appeal the Affordable Care Act Law.

Obama spoke clearly in the White House Rose Garden, “the law is doing what it’s supposed to do. It’s working…the debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” Even though the laws website,, was wracked with problems at the outset, this law has still emerged victorious and has been a boon for millions of Americans who were previously uninsured or blocked from affordable insurance because of pre-existing conditions.

This victory for the Democrats may help them in the upcoming November congressional elections. The Democrats hope to hold their majority in the Senate and would like to maintain the seats they have in the currently Republican-majority House. The Republicans will surely point to faults in the law to boost their own campaigns and are clearly looking for ways to encourage the law to fail.

However, Obamacare exceeded the enrollment targets they had set. Additionally, there is sufficient demographic mix to fund the program with younger, healthy Americans and improvements will continue to be made as the law grows into its own. Despite setbacks, this is clearly a win for the Democratic Party and the Republicans may find it difficult to use the ACA as ammunition.