FIRST DAY: Marketplace Website Struggles
Despite the budget stalemate in Washington D.C. centering on the Affordable Care Act, one part of it took effect Tuesday.
The Health Insurance Marketplace opened for business but the first day didn’t go entirely to plan.
The marketplace provides the uninsured options for coverage plans each at different costs.
However, when people logged on Tuesday, they were greeted by the message, “We have a lot of visitors on our site right now and we’re working to make your experience here better.”
By mid-afternoon, there were 7.5 million visits to the site, a state Health Department spokesman told CNN.
Authorities knew there might be a few bugs to work through.
“We know the site has been crashing by the big rush of shoppers, browsers, and the merely curious on these opening days.” Iowa Insurance Division’s Tom Alger said.
People have until December 15th to purchase insurance, which kicks in January 1st.
Users have until March 31st to buy policies that will count toward the requirement that nearly everyone will have health insurance by 2014.
It seems the new insurance marketplaces are one of the most popular parts of the new healthcare law, according to a Des Moines Register poll.
Of those polled, 85-percent say it’s a good idea. Only 11-percent think it’s a bad idea.
The poll found overall, 49-percent of Iowans believe Obamacare is a very bad law that should be repealed.
Thirty-six-percent agree it is an okay law with some pluses and minuses. Only 9-percent agree it’s very good and should be fully implemented.