The Obama administration on Tuesday said the number of people enrolled in private health insurance under Obamacare reached 4.2 million on March 1, amid independent reports of a sustained decline in America's huge uninsured population. The data, which reflects enrollment activity from October 1 through March 1, represented a rise of about 940,000 enrollees.
Tesla said on Tuesday the administration was undermining its model of selling cars, while the administration says Tesla has long known the company needed a law change to accommodate its sales model. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission introduced a rule in October that made explicit the need to have a franchise license to sell cars in the state, and that rule was due to be approved on Tuesday. "Having previously issued two dealer licenses to Tesla, this regulation would be a complete reversal to the long-standing position of (New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission) on Tesla's stores," Tesla said on its blog. In response, Kevin Roberts, a spokesman in the governor's office, said since Tesla began operating a year ago in New Jersey, "it was made clear that the company would need to engage the Legislature on a bill to establish their new direct-sales operations under New Jersey law."