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Parsing the President's 9 million enrollees

Kaiser Health News, January 30, 2014

Nine million. That's the number President Barack Obama touted last night as having signed up for health insurance. That total is important to supporters as a sign that the law is working — and as an indication of the difficulties Republicans would face to rescind the law or roll back certain provisions. Critics have pointed out that 9 million isn't a huge number — and that some of those people, perhaps even many of them, were previously insured. Here's the breakdown supplied by the administration: 3 million have signed up for private plans through the federal and state health exchanges since they opened for enrollment in October.