"Six months ago today, a big part of the Affordable Care Act kicked in as healthcare.gov and state insurance market places went live. And millions of Americans finally had the same chance to buy quality, affordable health care, and the peace of mind that comes with it, as everybody else. Last night, the first open enrollment period under the law came to an end. And despite several lost weeks out of the gate because of problems with the web site, 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through these marketplaces. 7.1."