Healthcare.gov Headaches — What You Need to Know

This snafu could have long-lasting effects

It’s been a little over three weeks since Americans have started shopping for health insurance under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act. When Healthcare.gov launched on Oct.1, it was supposed to be an efficient marketplace for uninsured and self-employed Americans to shop for the insurance they are required to have under the new law.

To say it’s been a little rocky would be an understatement.

In a major blow to the Obama administration, Healthcare.gov has been an unmitigated disaster. The site has been basically inoperable for most who have tried to use it.

After the GOP was unsuccessful in defunding Obamacare by means of a government shutdown and national default, it has moved into public outrage over the technical debacle of Obamacare’s website. On Thursday, the federal contractors charged with building the site were hauled in front of Congress in order to answer for their incompetence.

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