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Obama: 7.1 Million Americans Signed Up for Health Insurance Before Deadline

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President Barack Obama said Tuesday that 7.1 million Americans were able to sign up for health insurance prior to the deadline for the Affordable Care Act.

The president, with Vice President Joe Biden at his side, touted at a Rose Garden ceremony.

He said the website was a success despite the rocky start.

"This law is helping millions of Americans, and in the coming years, it will help millions more," he said. "I've said before, I will always work with anyone who's willing to make this law work even better, but the debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay."

Anyone who started an application before midnight Monday has a grace period to finish.

Anyone who failed to sign up will face a tax penalty.

The open enrollment period for 2015 begins November 15.

Meanwhile, the New York State Department of Health says more than 1.2 million New Yorkers have completed their applications on the "New York State of Health" website.

Of that group, more than 865,000 have fully enrolled for coverage, and most of them were previously uninsured.

The Department says 39,000 people enrolled Monday before the deadline.

Those who have applied for coverage but have not yet enrolled in a plan have until the end of the day on April 15. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP