Enrollment in private Obamacare plans topped 8 million, the president announced Thursday.
The jobless queue lengthened marginally last week, raising hopes for the recovery.
The CBO estimates that boosting the minimum wage would force businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries in 2017.
California enrolled about 3.3 million in either private Obamacare plans or the state's version of Medicaid, officials said.
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