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Jimmy Fallon mocks Obama’s supposed 7.1 million Obamacare sign-up triumph

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

If Jimmy Fallon was ever in the tank for President Barack Obama, he doesn’t appear to be anymore.

The host of NBC’s “Tonight Show” continued his comedic assault on Obamacare Tuesday night, mocking Obama’s supposed triumph in signing up 7.1 million Americans on the Obamacare exchanges by the March 31 deadline.

“The White House says it has surpassed its goal for people enrolled in Obamacare. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you make something mandatory and fine people if they don’t do it and then keep extending the deadline for months,” Fallon quipped. “It’s like a Cinderella story. It’s just a beautiful thing. You make everyone do it.”

“If you still haven’t enrolled, you might have to pay a penalty called the ‘Individual Shared Responsibility Payment,’ which is 1 percent of your salary,” he continued. “Then Americans said, ‘Hey, good thing I don’t have a job.’”

Though the White House announced Tuesday that 7.1 million Americans had signed up for insurance through the Obamacare exchanges, it remains unclear how many people have actually paid their first month premium required to actually enroll in their selected insurance policy. It is also unclear how many of those who signed up for an insurance policy through the Obamacare exchanges were previously uninsured.

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