President Barack Obama walks from the Oval Office to the Rose Garden of the White House to speak about the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

April 1 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama said the enrollment of 7.1 million people for coverage under his signature health-care law serves as a rebuke to its critics, including Republicans who repeatedly have tried to repeal it.

“The Affordable Care Act hasn’t completely fixed our long- broken health care system, but this law has made our health care system a lot better,” Obama told an audience of administration officials, lawmakers and other supporters in the White House Rose Garden. “The debate over repealing this law is over.”

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