The Affordable Care Act "has made our healthcare system a lot better," President Barack Obama said Tuesday, touting 7.1 million enrollments in Obamacare, a goal that did not seem possible six months ago due to the fiasco that was the launching of the Healthcare.gov Web site.

"Regardless of your politics, or your feelings about the law or your feelings about me, that is something that is good for the economy," he said during a White House briefing where he was joined by Vice President Joe Biden.

Obama's announcement of the 7.1 million signups between Oct. 1 and March 31 was followed by a prolonged ovation.

"The law is not perfect. We have had to make adjustments along the way. And yes, at times this reform has been contentious and confusing," the president said.

"But the debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay," he said.

Monday at midnight was the deadline to buy private medical insurance according to the parameters of the ACA if people did not want to face paying a fine.

However, last week the government announced an extension of the period so that people who had begun the process of buying an insurance plan could complete it.

"Change is hard. Fixing what's broken is hard," he said. "But this law is doing what it's supposed to do," Obama said Tuesday.

Exceeding the enrollment goal of 7 million represents an important achievement for the administration, particularly taking into account the disastrous launching of the plan last October, and on Tuesday Obama, in that regard, was very critical of the Republicans who are seeking to repeal the ACA.

"Why are they so mad about the idea of someone having health insurance?" he asked rhetorically. EFE