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Politics Swirl Around The 7 Million Enrollment Figure

There's talk that this could already be affecting Republican strategy, though Democrats are "still wary" of the law. Meanwhile, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, in an effort to move into the 2016 presidential mix, will offer his own proposal. 

Politico: Obamacare Critics: Homina, Homina, Homina
On Tuesday, Obamacare sign-ups passed 7 million, ... the idea that the law could even come close to the original goal after such a disastrous start would have been laughable even a few weeks ago. It was also a wake-up call for Republicans and conservatives, and even the occasional liberal, who pushed the argument that the failed website challenges the idea at the heart of Obama’s agenda — that government can still solve big social problems. That’s left the critics questioning the early numbers or changing the subject (Nather, 4/2). 

The Washington Post: Bobby Jindal, With An Eye On 2016, To Unveil Plan To Replace Obama Health-Care Law
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will announce Wednesday a plan to repeal and replace President Obama’s health-care law, an effort by the Republican to insert himself into the increasingly competitive early maneuvering for his party’s presidential nomination. ... he sets forth a bevy of ideas that have run through conservative thought for years, in some cases renaming them and in other cases suggesting new variations on old themes (Costa and Goldstein, 4/2).

Politico Vulnerable Dems Still Wary Of Obamacare
After 7 million people signed up for Obamacare, an unexpectedly sunny end to a dreary enrollment process, Democrats outlined plans Tuesday to step up attacks on Republicans for wanting to repeal the health care law. But while Obama administration officials popped champagne to celebrate the enrollment figure, Democrats on the ballot this year continue to tread cautiously (Hohmann, 4/1).

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