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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

When the Congressional Budget Office predicted in 2010 that 7 million Americans would sign up for health insurance in the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period, this prediction wasn’t meant to be a goal.

But as every element of the law became politicized, that’s what it became. And as the website floundered, stumbled and — at times — seemed positively unfixable, it looked like a nearly impossible goal. Even the CBO revised its prediction to 6 million.

Now that this number has been reached, what do we know for sure?

The New Republic‘s Jonathan Cohn put it best when he said, “The signup figures may not show that Obamacare works well. But they show that Obamacare works.” We don’t know if we have the 51 viable individual markets the law intended to create, but signs point to it being possible.

Still, Republicans will keep attacking the law — because, you know… elections — but their arguments will become even more absurd.

Here are the five worst arguments that will never, ever die — and why they should.

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