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22 Pens, 47 Million Americans: Obamacare by the Numbers

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If you'd like to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama's controversial health care law, you're out of luck until November. The open enrollment period closed for most people Monday at the end of a last-minute surge nearly derailed by yet another round of technical glitches.

The White House said Monday it expected enrollment numbers to be "significantly above six million" by day's end — a benchmark that seemed insurmountable last fall during the insurance marketplace's troubled rollout.

The official enrollment tally comes close to the Congressional Budget Office's original forecast of seven million by the end of March, but here's a snapshot of other numbers that help tell the story of the law best known as Obamacare:

1,857: The number of days since President Obama, in his first address to a joint session of Congress, called for sweeping health care reform: "Let there be no doubt," Obama said Feb. 24, 2009, "health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year."

22: The number of pens President Obama used to sign the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on March 23, 2010.

47 million: The approximate number of Americans who went without health insurance before Obamacare was signed into law, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

54: The number of times House Republicans have voted to repeal, revamp or revise Obamacare since they took control of the lower chamber in 2011.

0: The chance President Obama would sign a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act. "We're not repealing it as long as I'm president," Obama said at a White House event in late 2013.

5 to 4: The vote by the Supreme Court to uphold the "individual mandate" — a key provision of the law requiring Americans to obtain insurance or pay a penalty. The court ruled the penalty was authorized by Congress' power to levy taxes.

$95: The law says you can be penalized $95 or one percent of your salary — whichever is greater — for not signing up for insurance.

26,000: The number of Americans who managed to sign up for health insurance plans in the first month of HealthCare.gov's balky and glitch-plagued rollout.

36: The number of states served by the federal government's health insurance exchange website. The 14 other states, plus Washington, D.C., are running their own enrollment websites.

9: The number of deadline extensions and rule exceptions the Obama administration has made to the health care law's rules since it was signed into law.

26: The age until which people can stay on parental health plans, per the law's rules.

24.3 million: The approximate number of results of a Google search for the word "Obamacare," as of Monday.

229: The number of days until the next health plan open enrollment period begins.

Maggie Fox of NBC News contributed to this report.

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