'The debate over repealing this law is over'
- President took a major victory lap and took political shots at Republicans, but ignored shortcomings in his administration's official numbers
- Press secretary Jay Carney will only say 'we're aggregating a lot of data' when asked how many enrollees have paid for coverage
- Carney dodged questions about damning study that showed very few Obamacare customers were uninsured before the law took effect
- Percentages from a hush-hush RAND Corporation study suggest barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans have enrolled and paid premiums
- HHS Secretary Sebelius met a televised challenge Monday about 'unpopular' Obamacare with lengthy awkward silence
By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor
PUBLISHED: 10:21 EST, 1 April 2014 | UPDATED: 16:28 EST, 1 April 2014
A triumphant President Barack Obama declared Tuesday his signature medical insurance overhaul a success, saying it has made America's health care system 'a lot better' in a Rose Garden press conference.
But buried in the 7.1 million enrollments he announced in a heavily staged appearance is a more unsettling reality.
Numbers from a RAND Corporation study that has been kept under wraps suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have paid for new policies and joined the ranks of the insured by Monday night.