11:11am Update – See below.
With millions of Americans jumping on the Obamacare bandwagon on the first day of enrollment, internet computer servers nationwide are groaning from the onslaught inquiries.
Reports say that some states’ computer servers are jammed up, others are working, but very slowly for each applicant. Here in Oregon, the Oregon version of Obamacare is working. It’s a little slow from the “Welcome Page” to the “Enrollment Page.” It seems like a long time when you’re stuck looking at a screen with a circle going round and round and round. But we timed it: 57 seconds. Then the enrollment information page came up.
We just got an email from a CoverOregon.com worker who says for the first couple of weeks (thru Oct. 15 or so) Oregonian applicants for medical insurance will have to work through what are called “community agents.” For now, the agents enroll people, not the internet. For someone to assist you in enrolling in an insurance program, go to www.CoverOregon.com and click on “Get Help Now.”
So, a little bit of patience is advised on opening day of the Affordable Care Act. You’ve got until next April to sign up (and even longer, really). So there’s no rush.