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Oct 8, 2013 7:00 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Affordable Care Act, Website Delays


There have been major frustrations across the nation for those trying to sign up for health insurance through the "Affordable Care Act." There's been so much volume, the website was shut down for a while this morning.


President Obama responded to the glitches last weekend by saying, "What's happened is the website got overwhelmed by the volume. And folks are working around the clock and have been systematically reducing wait times."

Despite back-lash from those upset over website issues, some are taking it in stride, even while still paying very expensive health insurance.

"It's so expensive. I have a huge deductible and I'm paying thousands and thousands of dollars, and any reduction would be a help," Duncan Thistlethwaite said.

Thistlethwaite is an actor in Lafayette, and says he pays almost seven thousand dollars a year for coverage. For Thistlethwaite, shopping for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's website is a priority.

"I'm hoping for at least a reduction by at least a half from my cost today. That would be an astonishing help," Thistlethwaite said.

But so far no answers on if that will happen. After signing up, he got a message saying "Please wait," which was at least two days ago.

"This morning I got back on-line, and I've been issued a case number so that's some sort of progress but still no mention of what my eligibility will be," Thistlethwaite said.

However, he's remaining optimistic about a health care system that's projected to save Americans hundreds, possibly thousands in health care cost.

"Once it's instituted, and once it spreads through the population and the costs come down and the availability comes up and the bugs are worked out, I think it's going to be a no-brainer. I think people are going to accept the fact that they have a national health care policy, and they can expect decent healthcare anywhere," Thistlethwaite said.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau about 48 million Americans were without health insurance last year.

 

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