Shutdown or No, ObamaCare Exchanges 'Ready to Go'

But president says to expect months of 'glitches'

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 1, 2013 7:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – The government may have shut down, but ObamaCare's health insurance exchanges are launching today as scheduled, the Hill reports. "The Affordable Care Act is moving forward. That funding is already in place. You can’t shut it down," President Obama said yesterday. Added Kathleen Sebelius, "Shutdown or no shutdown, we’re ready to go." That means, starting at 8am in most states, you can visit the online marketplace at healthcare.gov to see your coverage options and enroll; the enrollment window is open for six months, and during that time, the administration hopes to enroll 7 million.

In an NPR interview airing today, however, Obama did offer a warning. "In the first week, first month, first three months, I would suspect that there will be glitches," he said. "This is 50 states, a lot of people signing up for something. And there are going to be problems." Even so, he continued, "I am very confident that despite some glitches ... the basic prices that are going to be available to people and the choices that are going to be available to people provide us for the first time the possibility, the prospect that any American out there who does not currently have health insurance can get high-quality health insurance." For much more on the ObamaCare rollout, click for 10 questions you were too embarrassed to ask and more details on how to sign up.

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