The Obamacare online exchanges open today, meaning that qualifying people without health insurance can purchase from one of the plans mandated by the Affordable Care Act.Unfortunately, just about every news source is reporting major glitches in the Obamacare websites. These glitches are largely a result of too much traffic and too little time for IT engineers to prepare the websites.
Many users received error pages or were subjected to long screen loading times. Administration officials say that the glitches will be worked out in short order, but many people are still frustrated by their experiences.
Some states, such as California, experienced a relatively smooth opening day. Maryland’s website kick off was delayed for several hours, while other state exchanges continue to be plagued with problems.
Officials warn consumers not to give up as the Obamacare online exchanges open. Snags are only to be expected, say several experts.
If you were planning on signing up through the online marketplaces and experienced problems, don’t lose heart. Whether you sign up today or next week, the benefits you receive from the Affordable Care Act won’t change. Some commentators fear that people who have bad experiences with the online marketplaces won’t use them in the future. However, the websites can only get better, so you shouldn’t be afraid to use them a second time.
Your health is important. Getting quality insurance coverage should be a priority, even if it means a little extra time spent at the computer.