People Are Signing Up For The ACA In Hordes; One Senator Wants To Extend Open Enrollment

Despite problems people want healthcare and are using the exchanges to get it. Senator Shaheen wants to extend the open enrollment

Image from MSNBC
Image from MSNBC

There is no denying the fact that the Affordable Care Act’s (aka Obamacare) federal exchanges have had some hiccups, glitches, and major problems.  On October 1st the exchanges went live and millions of people flocked to the web to sign up.  In fact so many people went to Healthcare.Gov that the servers could not handle the volume of traffic and crashed.

Since the exchanges opened up there have been two very different responses to the website crashes.  Republicans are quick to start conspiracy theories that it is all Obama’s fault.

We are concerned that the administration required contractors to change course late in the implementation process to conceal ObamaCare’s effect on increasing health insurance premiums,” 

The people who live in reality understand that the high volume of traffic was too much for the servers to handle.  People were jumping at the chance to sign up and save money on healthcare.

The opening of state- and federal-run insurance marketplaces Tuesday saw a combination of huge interest and balky technology that led to a series of glitches, delays and even crashes that marred the first hours of the centerpiece of President Obama's health law.

‘Some of the delays were due to high volume. About 2.8 million people visited the federal website HealthCare.gov since midnight,’ said Marilyn Tavenner, director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.” (USA Today)

Nobody on the right or the left is denying the website has had problems. However every day since the rollout the updates to the equipment have been made. There has also been a decline in the number of people who are going to the site every day.  Combined that all together and you have a smoother, faster, easy to navigate website that is working for everyone.

Senator Shaheen (D-NH) has raised concern that due to the errors in the rollout there may not be enough time for all Americans to sign up before the open enrollment ends.  Shaheen is urging the White House to extend the open enrollment period past March 31, 2014 in order to give Americans more time to obtain coverage. Reports indicate that approximately 65,000 Granite Staters could buy insurance on the New Hampshire marketplace next year.

In a letter sent to President Barack Obama (below) this afternoon, Shaheen suggested extending open enrollment to “provide greater flexibility for the American people seeking to access health insurance.”  Shaheen also asked that the White House to clarify how the “individual responsibility penalty will be administered and enforced” in light of the website’s difficulties.

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Apljak October 30, 2013 at 07:54 AM
@Stinkin Dwyer (This name calling is so childish but so fun!), No facts, huh? No defense of your dear leader? Trying to do your best to sympathize with the ruling class? trying to step on others maybe to get up there yourself? I don't think you'll make it though. They like you right here trying to rassle us ne'er do wells and keep us from exposing the truths! Let us know when your talking points come...maybe we will start to hear the latest after Sebilius appears...
Lincoln Dwyer October 30, 2013 at 09:13 PM
@Apejak, you're right. You just don't matter. Besides, facts wouldn't matter to you anyway. If you'd read the ACA for yourself you'd know the answers, rather than crying about what you don't understand. I don't need to defend anything or anyone. That's your problem. And, since when did Conservatives EVER care about you? Don't fool yourself. You're a pawn of the super rich (like the Cock Bros.), who are sucking the life out of the middle class. And depend on you to stay stupid. That's why I'm saying: turn off the media, and start thinking for yourself. [I will give you a hint though: it ain't O-Boy who's takin' 'way folk'es old policies, it's the greedy corps who's undermining FOLKS, 'cause they cain't stand no idea of 'BamaCares where they cain't keep bleedin' the folks no mo'.] If you could read, you'd know better. But anyway. You bore me, son. GO SOX! Can you agree with that at least? Or are you truly a godless Fascist, like YOUR ruling class?
Apljak October 30, 2013 at 09:28 PM
@Lincoln, See, we can be nice to each other. You don't need to be attacking every time you post here on Patch. I have zero desire to read what amounts to a bad law; and it can't be overturned soon enough!! I grew up poor (by yesterday's standards not today's). Veterans housing and gov't cheese! I believe their is a need to help those that are in need of it. But that help should come with a roadmap to success, not a lifetime subsidy. This includes healthcare! I don't believe that the taxpayers of the US have an obligation to subsidize the healthcare of any other than the most needy and underprivileged. We truly lived in what was the land of opportunity but that has been somewhat affected by this administration which is now turning it into a Nanny state! I climbed from poor, through the ranks of middle income and middle class to finally risk everything I had saved by becoming a business owner with a chance to help change this country and help 25 of my own employees. After 5 years, I have been fortunate and each year I improve in spite of the difficult business climate that is worsened by both the Sate of NH and this administration!! I don't know you and i apologize for my unfounded accusations as to your station in life. I was just disgusted I guess by your earlier postings insulting others. Oh well, at least we can agree...GO SOX!!
Lincoln Dwyer October 31, 2013 at 01:01 AM
@Sir-jak. Thank you. I knew, by your use of my first name; we do need peace among us. Truly. I apologize as well. There are some 'terms' you used here that I wish we could 'ban,' which are not accurate/fair. I know I have committed similar crimes. Your earlier reference to Veterans really strikes me to the heart; my father was in the Air Force, and many members of my relatives have served. I grew up living on military bases. [I still salute people/friends as a reflex.] The most horrendous crime our country commits is sending our boys to war, yet we do not respect them when they come home! But that has gone on for decades, without any honest change of appreciation. That's a war crime, to me! They served us, and the gov't treats them like spent cartridges. I've not ever asking for healthcare for people who can carry themselves. [My insurance is USAA.] I don't actually know any people who are so bad off, or are even interested in the whole Obama-care thing. The folks I know are pretty responsible for their lives, and expenses. In my vast circle, as Liberal as they may be, I've not met anyone who has even intimated they mean to take advantage of food stamps, etc. I genuinely honor that you established your own business and I pray you prosper. And I understand the extremely difficult business climate. But that climate has been effected by so many things, not just recently, which date back...too long. No pointing fingers. When I see stores/restaurants close in downtown (where I live) I feel crushed, for them. I know enough business owners downtown. I don't want to get involved in politics, even locally, because it's such a black-hearted 'profession'. Frankly, I don't trust anyone (afterwards) who goes into it. To be honest, the thing that gets me irate is when I hear facts I know being twisted for manipulative purposes. That, to me, is the same as disrespecting our troops. Anyway. Peace. Sox are King!
Apljak October 31, 2013 at 07:59 AM
@Lincoln, Nicely worded! I am in 100% agreement with your comment! And yes, we truly need to keep the pressure on Washington to offer more complete and better access to treatment for these Patriots! While it is a tremendous effort, there shouldn't have to be a need for groups like Wounded Warrior! Thanks for your kind words! God Bless to you and yours! WooHoo Sox!! Bring on the parade!


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