"Whoo hoo!" people shouted and clapped, as the clock struck midnight at the offices of QSSI, the Columbia, Md.-based company that has been overseeing the repair effort that righted HealthCare.gov after its abysmal initial two months of operation last fall.
Park then said the number "217,176" and explained to people in the office that it was the tally of enrollment applications created over the course of Monday on the federal Obamacare exchange.
"Which is, by a humongous margin, the biggest number ever" for a single day's enrollment on HealthCare.gov, the exchange that sells Obamacare plans in the 36 states not operating their own insurance marketplaces, Park said in the recording.
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He noted that the Congressional Budget Office last summer, before the botched launch of the exchange, had estimated that 7 million people would sign up in private insurance sold by the federal and state exchanges.
"And everyone thought that was impossible, especially after we had a little a bit of a rocky start," Park said.
"And I actually am proud to tell y'all, and you're the first to know, that y'all with this day alone, with [federal exchange] alone, have carried the ball over the impossible line," Park said. "We actually exceed the 7-million goal."