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Obama Takes Victory Lap at Obamacare Presser, Says ‘Debate Is Over’

President Obama said Obamacare has made the American health-care system “a lot better” and that even, though it’s been “messy at times, it is progress.”

The White House said 7.1 million people have signed up for the Obamacare exchanges as of today.

In his press conference today, the president told reporters that there will be days when the federal exchange, HealthCare.gov, doesn’t work — “I guarantee it” — but that it isn’t news anymore.

“The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay,” Obama said.

President Obama chastised conservative politicians “who based their career on repealing this law.” He said he doesn’t understand why conservatives are “working so hard for people not to have health insurance.”

The White House spent $52 million in the last three months to urge people to enroll in Obamacare, but “we didn’t have billions of dollars in commercials like some critics did,” the president said.

“Many of the tall tales” about the law, he said, were debunked along the way. “There are still no death panels. . . . Instead this law is helping millions of Americans.”

He had a warning for opponents of the law: “History is not kind to those who would deny Americans their basic economic security.”

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