Obama: 4 Million Have Signed Up for Health Care

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epa04099247 US President Barack Obama speaks to the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 24 February 2014. The governors are in DC for their winter meeting. EPA/JIM LO SCALZOJIM LO SCALZO / EPA

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President Barack Obama told supporters Tuesday that four million Americans have signed up for insurance through the federal health-care marketplace, but “implacable opposition” and technical issues have prevented many from enrolling.

“A combination of an implacable opposition that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions of dollars, spreading misinformation on this plan -- you combine that with – let’s face it, the website didn’t work for the first month; and all those things combined mean that a lot of people who really could use this coverage are unsure or dissuaded,” Obama said.

There will be a "big push" to get people signed up ahead of the end of enrollment on March 31, Obama said at the Organizing for America summit in Washington, D.C.

Last week, Vice President Joe Biden said it would be a good start to get between 5 and 6 million Americans enrolled, below the administration’s initial goal of 7 million.

“The work you are doing is God’s work,” Obama told the grassroots political group.