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  •  Humongous interest and web traffic (10+ / 0-)

    According to this story
    The Obama Administration expected heavy traffic on the web sites where people could look into Obamacare/The ACC.  They thought about 7 million people would sign up for 2014.

    Yesterday the California site got 10 million hits, and the New York site got 5 million.  In one day, two states got over twice as many hits as the total number of people expected to enroll.  That's not just "heavy" traffic.

    It doesn't necessarily mean an unexpectedly large number of people will end up enrolling.  A lot of those hits were likely from people trying several times to get through; some of the people trying to log on are just checking to see if they're even eligible and will turn out not to be, and of the people who are eligible; many will be comparison shopping and will end up staying with the insurance they already have.  

    Perhaps we should thank the Tea Party folks who created crisis-level interest in 'Obamacare'.  But for many folks the monthly payment for health insurance is second only to their house payment or rent.  Who wouldn't be eager to know if they could save several hundred dollars a month starting next year?

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 12:00:42 PM PDT

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