Government's health care website is put to the test as Americans rush to beat the deadline

  • Article by: CARLA K. JOHNSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 24, 2013 - 6:14 PM

CHICAGO — The government's retooled health care website was put to its biggest test yet as record numbers of Americans rushed to beat Tuesday's extended deadline for signing up for insurance.

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cosmicwxdudeDec. 24, 1312:42 PM

Remember voters, this entire debacle is wholly owned, bought and paid for by the DEMOCRATS. Not one Republican voted for it and they were/are the ones attempting to repeal this piece of junk. AL FRANKEN was the deciding vote. Thank him and Amy Klobocher. Show them the door next Nov.

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comment229Dec. 25, 13 5:01 AM

"Ian Stewart of Salt Lake City said he and his wife, both students, had been trying for weeks to complete their application on the federal site, thwarted by computer error messages each time." Many people reading this article would have liked to have one more piece of information on this as the Stewart family did get this done with the help of a phone rep... wouldn't it have been nice to know what they did wrong, and how it was fixed so they could continue?

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comment229Dec. 25, 13 5:05 AM

I also procrastinated, when I tried to look around during the first two weeks MnSure was in business. I then waited for two weeks while the debugging process began and continued. Eventually, I learned not to register, but to put in the basic information needed to "look around." I was given a tip by a comment made in the comment section to go to the Kaiser Foundation to find my federal tax credit subsidy, if I would get one, because it was super easy to use, and it was. After all that, I did take the time to register, and with all my information on the table next to me (tax returns, SS numbers etc) I completed the process quite easily. We paid, and became one of the many with a "pending" status that changed to "approved" two weeks later, and yesterday got a confirmation email from Medica. It would have been no different if I had gone to an insurance salesman, who would also have expected me to be prepared with all the information etc.....

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comment229Dec. 25, 13 5:10 AM

PS... We keep hearing now that the MnSure site is working much better and so is the main ACA website, and this was confirmed in the email sent to us by the Medica rep, saying the back end process has now begun in earnest.... and that they have had a lot of success as of late enrolling people, like us. And as an independent (former GOP) I can say that I would be a little leery about blaming the democrats for all this if it starts to work well.... backfire, comes to mind.

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elind56Dec. 25, 13 6:54 AM

"We see this intense traffic as a sign that people are eager for affordable health insurance," said Julie Bataillea, spokeswoman for the federal agency in charge of the overhaul.-------------------------------The politically correct thing for her to say, considering her position. But they're only eager to avoid the fine and the only reason it's "affordable" (a very subjective term I might add) is because the vast majority of those signing up are either enrolling in Medicaid or buying highly subsidized private plans.

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A440Dec. 25, 13 7:36 AM

...and under threat of fines for not enrolling, millions still refuse to sign up for a program that wants us to pay more attention to a botched implementation, rather than an unsustainable structure itself.

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localguyDec. 25, 13 8:43 AM

Medicare Part D was a disaster under W until the Democrats put partisanship aside for the good of the country. Voters should remember that the TeaPublican never did that. They crave power at any cost (to others), but they don't want to govern

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clnorthDec. 25, 1311:07 AM

localguy. They sought a delay, which makes more sense than slamming this in

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comment229Dec. 26, 13 4:34 AM

elind56: highly subsidized? Yes, but let's tell the other half of the story. I am betting from your demeanor that you get your health care provided by someone else, and pay little to nothing out of your own pocket.... Now, I have paid for, written out a check, every single month for the last 20 plus years for the only insurance I could afford to protect my family against bankruptcy. As far as health care goes, it WAS and IS the most worthless excuse of health insurance short of having nothing at all. So back to you or people like you.... your employer pays yours? I paid mine out of my pocket... Where did your employer get the money to pay your premium? Did it grow on a tree in his/her back yard? Nope.. sorry.... the money was a direct result of profits made by your company and if they were not enough, the price of your commodity was paid.... by the consumer.... me.... so indirectly, I paid for YOUR health insurance.... so you want to try again about the federal government paying part of mine? Tell it to someone who cares!

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