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Many more people have selected Obamacare plans that start New Year's Day compared with last year, President Obama announced Friday.

In a burst of holiday cheer for President Obama's healthcare law, data released by the administration show that about 75 percent more people have chosen health insurance plans on healthcare.gov this year than at the same point in 2014.

About 6 million people signed up using the federal insurance marketplace by the extended Thursday deadline for getting coverage starting Jan. 1. Just 3.4 million Americans had chosen plans by the same deadline last year.

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