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Kathleen Sebelius Distances Obama Administration From Lofty Obamacare Signup Goal

02/25/2014 12:19 pm ET | Updated Mar 12, 2014

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius distanced the Obama administration from its unofficial goal of 7 million Affordable Care Act signups by the end of March.

In a Tuesday appearance on HuffPost Live to discuss outreach to African American communities, Marc Lamont Hill asked Sebelius about Vice President Joe Biden's acknowledgement that the administration may not reach the 7-million mark, but may see 5 to 6 million Americans enrolling by the end of next month.

"First of all, 7 million was not the administration," Sebelius said. "That was a CBO, Congressional Budget Office, prediction when the bill was first signed. I'm not sure where they even got their numbers. Their numbers are all over the board. The vice president has looked and said it may be closer to 5 to 6."

"I'm more interested in what we're doing today," she told Hill. "Getting the word out to target populations, letting African Americans know that this is an opportunity that's historic. Never before has affordable health care been available to people who didn't have health care in their workplace."

Watch the full interview below:

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