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  •  The issue with the slow start is an IT issue (19+ / 0-)

    not a lack of interest.  The state enrollment numbers look pretty good and will continue to grow.  I know for a fact that my business is likely to opt for the exchange and we are not really the intended target of the ACA.  That's how big this thing is and how much better the deals are.  Americans will go where  they can get a good deal.  People without subsidies are saving money with reduced or no deductibles.  That's a BFD.  The only ones who may have to pay more are those who were on high deductible junk insurance plans. The enrollments will be there.  It's a matter of getting the IT right and it looks like the federal site made a big step today by allowing people to shop without having to complete a full registration (which is how the CA site works).  The other thing is that in the world of IT you can learn from other examples.  I'm sure the Federal folks are looking at CA's and KY's sites to see how they can improve and adapt and improve.  Give them until the end of the month or Thanksgiving.  Maybe they'll extend the enrollment period.

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    by khyber900 on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 08:42:09 AM PDT

    •  Obama had a world-class campaign IT operation ... (3+ / 0-)
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      Why not this?  It is concerning ... this can't be allowed to fail for such a ridiculous reason.

      •  Difference between campaign and govern IT projects (1+ / 0-)
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        Any official governmental project is bound by lots of regs that didn't apply to the campaign IT staff.  There are very big lines that divide the money, the staff and the scope.  The idea is to make sure the big federal $ aren't funneled to a donor as a quid pro quo for support.  As the old line goes, the space shuttle is a couple million parts held together by a couple of thousand lowest bidder contacts and highly explosive fuel.

        That said, yes I wish like hell we could have had the campaign IT staff, but it's those pesky principles that keep us honest.  

    •  Every day improves (10+ / 0-)

      I've been there every day, and every night around 3 AM.  They do close it down every night for maintenance.  Two big problems to get going: at first there was no place to log out.  So I suspect everyone who got discouraged was "timed out" which could have taken a lot of space.

      Second, and this relates to Republican induced paranoia, is the levels of security.  You have to answer many more security questions than the IRS asks when you telephone the IRS for tax issues.  So far, I have not made it past the security questions, so I have not been able to do any comparison shopping for my state.  

      With time, this will be resolved.  Because for a potential savings of $500 per month, my family member will not give up.

      I'm from Johnson City.

      by Al Fondy on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 09:06:47 AM PDT

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      •  You can shop for plans now! (0+ / 0-)

        Without logging in. Here:

        •  (Note the prices aren't exact though) n/t (0+ / 0-)
        •  Here is how you get a quote during the start up (0+ / 0-)

          Go to the link above and answer the questions. This will take you to a general quote page that also shows the insurance companies and HMOs that offer coverage in your area. Then, simply go to the insurers' websites directly (Google them) and follow the links to get a quote. Only Kaiser Permanente cannot give quotes now since they do not give them more than 60 days in advance of enrollment.

          This is how I was able to find out the costs here in Virginia. I have tried perhaps 50 times to fill out an application on Once last week, I got about half the application filled out. Since then, it just hangs up after logging in, or give an error message. I have done everything conceivable from my end to make this work, e.g., 4 different browsers, cleared the caches, cookies, etc. I am computer literate. I feel sorry for the people who don't even have access to a computer, or have no navigator to help them. We are missing the boat for now.  

    •  Yes it is, and it's going to be a stimulus for (3+ / 0-)
      People without subsidies are saving money with reduced or no deductibles.  That's a BFD.
      to the economy, as people have more money to spend on things other than insurance.  Lots of newly insured people will feel free to put less money aside for medical emergencies, as well.  

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      by Calamity Jean on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 09:30:47 AM PDT

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      •  Not to mention the money that will be flowing (2+ / 0-)
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        into provider's hands.  More flu shots, more birth control pills, more diabetes management, more blood pressure management, more dental and vision care, etc.

        “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

        by ahumbleopinion on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 11:26:45 AM PDT

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        •  No kidding. Doctors hire nurses and physician's (0+ / 0-)

          assistants, labs hire lab techs, drug stores hire pharmacists, and so on.  If they don't hire new staff, they at least increase working hours for the ones they have.  Everyone feels a little more prosperous.  

          "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

          by Calamity Jean on Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 11:57:30 PM PDT

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