Obamacare site crashes: While the government's current state of paralysis did not affect the onset of entries in health insurance markets created by Obamacare, many failed to complete the registration process due to the Obamacare site crashes, CBS reports.
Just after 6:00 pm Tuesday, people trying to start the registration process on www.healthcare.gov. found an error message and the suggestion to return to the site later when the problems arising from the Obamacare site crashes were resolved.
“Sorry, Health Insurance Marketplace Live Chat isn’t available right now. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please try again later, or call your Customer Service Center at 1-800-318-2596," warned a message on the official website.
Those who resorted to other means, such as by phone, did not have much luck either. When calling the hotline, users were met with the same message displayed on the Obamacare site, but it was a woman's voice.
People who can not register online or by phone, have the option of performing the process in person by going to community centers and public libraries throughout their city, where they can find the help of specialists that can guide you with the entire process.
In the state of New York more than 57 community centers will have 400 specialists to speak more than 48 languages to help with Obamacare registration. It is expected that many people will enroll in Obamacare with the help of the community centers.
In the state of New York more than 2 million are uninsured, 40% are Hispanic. It is expected that about one million people there will benefit from the Affordable Care Act better known as Obamacare.
When asked about the Obamacare site crashes, Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services said, "As with any product launch, there will be glitches. We will fix them." Tavenner views the Obamacare site crashes as a sign of success.
President Barack Obama also confirmed that the Obamacare site crashes were due to the flood of users. "“More than 1 million people visited healthcare.gov before 7 in the morning,” he said, adding:
“There were five times more users than have ever been on medicare.gov at one time. That gives you a sense of how important this is to Americans around the country," Obama stated.
Those eligible for Obamacare are U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Those excluded are undocumented immigrants and individuals or families with incomes above a certain level. They will not be eligible to receive the government subsidy.
Remember that the registration period ends in March 2014 and will be effective the first of January of the same year.