- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 20, 2014

Vice President Joseph Biden used a quick stop in Minneapolis to tout the rollout of Obamacare, even as he acknowledged that sign-ups could fall short of goals, according to CNN.

The outlet reported that Mr. Biden, during an unannounced visit to a coffee shop, spoke with a group of women who signed up for health plans through the Affordable Care Act’s new marketplace.

“Initially we talked about by the end of this period having seven million people lined up. We may not get to seven, we may get to five or six, and that’s a hell of a start,” Mr. Biden said Wednesday, according to CNN.

Americans have until March 31 to sign up for private health coverage on one of the new law’s state-based health exchanges.

The Congressional Budget Office initially estimated that 7 million people would sign up between Oct. 1 and the end of March, although it revised that figure down to 6 million after the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, the main federal website tied to the overhaul.

Vice President Joe Biden pauses as he speaks to media during a meeting with representatives of student groups, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex in Washington, as part of the Campus Sexual Assault Task Force. At right is Jessica Bennett from University of Maryland in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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The Obama administration said this month that more than 3 million people had signed up for private coverage through the end of January.