Millions Flock to (Glitchy) ObamaCare Website
But it's not clear how many actually gained coverage
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2013 2:53 AM CDT
Updated Oct 2, 2013 7:34 AM CDT
An employee of Covered California, the state's new health care exchange, provides health insurance at the newly opened call center yesterday.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

(Newser) – The large number of technical glitches experienced as ObamaCare health insurance exchanges opened in every state yesterday were the result of popularity, according to administration officials. With 2.8 million visitors to the federal website by yesterday afternoon, "we're off to a good start," said the chief of the agency overseeing the online marketplaces; but some states running their own marketplaces, including Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington, had to delay the launch of their own websites and officials refused to say how many people successfully gained health coverage yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The demand "exceeds anything that we had expected," President Obama said yesterday, comparing the technical problems to glitches with Apple products, but it wasn't clear whether the issues were the result of heavy traffic or major design flaws, the New York Times notes. To nobody's surprise, lawmakers from different parties had very different takes on the rollout, reports the Hill. "If this doesn’t show the hunger the American people have to sign up for health care, I don't know what does," Harry Reid told an enrollment celebration on Capitol Hill, while House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said the problems showed "how totally unprepared the government is" for the launch of "this train wreck of a law."

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NorCalHal
Oct 3, 2013 11:50 AM CDT
I keep asking; "If ACA is that great why did the President and members of the House of Representatives and Congress EXEMPT themselves and their cronies from it? If it is going to save money and be the next best thing to sliced bread - WHY aren't companies rushing out to sign up instead of rushing out for exemptions?
MarkFL
Oct 2, 2013 8:28 PM CDT
Conservative Solution Tally: 0. Just read below and count the number of conservative posts that have an actual idea that would improve health care delivery, costs, or universality. Absolute zero after 5 years of debate.
TheJman
Oct 2, 2013 4:39 PM CDT
So the next time the government shuts down, what happens to the health care system? Does it shut down? Obama wont even let the national monuments stay open. Just another great example of why government should not be running the entire healthcare system.