Updated 5:57p.m. ET, 12/20/2013
(CNN) – More than 1 million people have purchased new private health insurance on Obamacare exchanges at the state and federal level since the program launched in October, President Barack Obama said on Friday.
Obama told a news conference that more than 500,000 people selected plans through the federally run HealthCare.gov website in the first three weeks of December.
The remaining signed up over the nearly three-month period through online and other programs offered by 14 states.
"So all told, millions of Americans, despite problems with the website, are now poised to be covered by quality affordable health care," Obama said.
Monday is the government's deadline for consumers to purchase plans in order to get coverage at the start of the year. March 31 is the deadline to ensure coverage for the remainder of 2014.
Although enrollment figures are up, the administration still has a long way to go to reach its initial goal of attracting 7 million people to Obamacare by the end of March.
HealthCare.gov was down for several hours on Friday.
The White House announced on Thursday that individual policy holders who received termination notices could qualify for a hardship exemption and buy catastrophic plans.
The health care reforms he championed also include expanded Medicaid coverage in many states.
CNN's Kevin Liptak and Jim Acosta contributed to this report.