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Obamacare Launch Marred by Error Messages

The launch comes amidst a government shutdown


Pile of computers with "no" on screens 630On Tuesday, many consumers looking to choose among health insurance options on new state and federally-run exchanges had difficulty getting access to the websites as technical problems hampered the launch.

The exchanges are a major part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act — known as Obamacare — allowing consumers to explore a variety new subsidized health plans. However, one exchange — which handles health insurance coverage for residents of 36 states — promptly started posting error messages for users in 24 of those states soon after it began operating this morning, Reuters noted.

High online traffic was blamed for problem and technicians were said to be working to resolve the issue.

Consumers attempting to access exchanges operated by 14 states and the District of Columbia also discovered some glitches. Exchanges in Minnesota and Maryland had their launch delayed for hours, while Massachusetts’ exchange appeared to open without significant problems.

Obamacare is expected to ultimately allow millions of uninsured people to purchase discounted health coverage.

The launch of the exchanges comes as the U.S. government is shuttering operations due to a standoff between Congressional Republicans and the White House over an attempt to tie continued government funding to delaying or repealing Obamacare.

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