Obama Addresses Healthcare.gov Glitches
President expresses frustration with the marketplace's problems in press conference.
"Nobody's madder than me that the website isn't working as well as it should," Obama said. "Which means it's going to get fixed."
The marketplace launched on Oct. 1 and received an overwhelming number of applicants -- many met with error messages. The Affordable Care Act is intended to provide health insurance for 7 million uninsured Americans, who must enroll via insurance marketplaces by Dec. 15 in order to have their coverage start on Jan. 1. Administration officials estimate the number of health insurance applications received through the exchanges at 476,000. To date, Healthcare.gov has been visited nearly 20 million times, Obama said.
In Healthcare.gov's first week, 3.7 million Americans attempted to register, with just more than a million of those finding success, according to data from the Compete panel of 2 million U.S. consumers.
The federal marketplace is used by 36 states, with 15 states and the District of Columbia operating their own exchanges.
Obama's speech emphasized the around-the-clock effort of contractors to fix the glitches, which prevented millions of Americans from successfully applying for healthcare. He suggested alternate application methods, such as calling the exchange hotline and applying in person. Read full story on InformationWeek
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