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  •  Quick Question, Somewhat Related . . . (0+ / 0-)

    I saw on the Today Show (I know, I know) either Thursday or Friday that someone claimed that only 6 people were able to successfully sign up on HealthCare.gov on the first day nationwide.

    One, that sounds like absolute bunk, no matter how poorly the website was functioning at the time (seriously, how were 6 lucky people able to "crack the code?).

    Two, how or where was that "info" obtained?

    Again, it sounds like bunk to me.

    I miss Speaker Pelosi :^(

    by howarddream on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 06:21:57 AM PST

    •  Whether true or not, what does it matter (5+ / 0-)

      except as a talking point. If the first official numbers are over a million, all that will be history, and seen as unimportant.

      Massachusetts sign up history says they started out very slowly the first month with just a few hundred, then grew every month, topping out in the month before the penalties kicked in. I expect the same to be true for Obamacare.

      With so many choices it takes a while to make a decision, and with it not kicking in until Jan, many people probably don't want to pay until the last minute.

      Today's problems are yesterday's solutions. Don Beck

      by Sherri in TX on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 06:29:32 AM PST

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    •  Many people window-shop first (2+ / 0-)
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      VPofKarma, howarddream

      When you're making a significant financial decision for your family, sensible people first gather information, then think about it, talk it over with the spouse, then go back and buy.

      So this has no more meaning than how many people buy a car the first minute that they go into the first dealership.

      There is no way to distinguish between people who wanted to finish up but were unable to do so, and people who got the information they needed and then went away to think about it, and people who couldn't get far enough to get the information.

      The media coverage of this has been awful (what did we expect?), focussed on the right-wing talking points about all the failures rather than genuine reporting and analysis on what's going on.

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