Former Dem Congressman: White House ‘Shouldn’t Be Doing a Victory Lap Right Now’

By Melanie Arter | April 7, 2014 | 1:05 PM EDT

Former Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.) (AP Photo)

( – Former Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.) on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday said the White House “shouldn’t be doing a victory lap right now” about the Obama administration hitting its target of 7 million Obamacare sign-ups by March 31.

“I think the White House was right to talk about the numbers, but they shouldn't be doing a victory lap right now. There are still problems with this. There's confusion around this,” said Ford.

The White House announced last week that 7.1 million Americans enrolled in Obamacare.

“Last night, the first open-enrollment period under this law came to an end. And despite several lost weeks out of the gate because of problems with the website, 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through these marketplaces – 7.1,” President Barack Obama said in a White House Rose Garden press conference.

“Now, that doesn’t mean that all the problems in health care have been solved forever. Premiums are still rising for families who have insurance, whether you get it through your employer or you buy it on your own -- that’s been true every year for decades. But, so far, those premiums have risen more slowly since the Affordable Care Act passed than at any time in the past 50 years,” Obama said.

Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker said the biggest challenge for Democrats is that Americans “distrust” government, and they see “quite clearly that the people that passed the bill really never did have any idea what they were doing.”

“The question becomes: When do people have the courage to say what works and what's not working? To just make the case that - as the president I think tried to make the point that more people are getting health care, how can you be opposed to that – I don't think anyone's opposed to that. The questions are legitimate ones … and need to be answered,” Ford said.