Close your eyes. Smell the roses. Feel the love in the air. Or, feel the jagged hatred all around, the preemptive disappointments, the shock that this is actually happening. Either way, one thing is certain: the Affordable Care Act is here! Many thought it wouldn't ever see the light of day, and now that it is upon us, it's not only reviving rifts among opposing political parties, its screwing up websites.
The new health insurance websites blipped in and out of consciousness this morning under the new administration, with many experiencing their fair share of crashes as citizens logged on to enroll.
The trouble with the sites is adding significantly to what has amounted to a general confusion surrounding the whole Affordable Care Act (ACA) situation. There's been more conflict than communication, and a number of candidates are still learning how to apply.
One administrator, Amy Ball, who NBC reports has been assisting patients in getting started with enrollment, says that many patients at Christiana Care Health System's hospital in Wilmington, Del., haven't even been informed that they can by health insurance on the new online exchanges. Once they're made aware, the mission of purchasing obviously isn't easy to accomplish.
The goal, for Ball and other helpful administrators, is to get every medically uninsured person signed up so that – voila! – they will no longer be in the crisis of no-coverage. In the U.S, that counts for a staggering 15 percent of the population, or, as Obama says so memorably in his resounding timbre, “the American people.”
The Obama administration has been doing its part to get people oriented with the effort. Its deployed groups nationwide to guide applicants through the process, that takes about 45 minutes sans computer mishaps.
In case you missed any of the glitches, don't worry, you'll have plenty of opportunities to experience more. Computer jams are expected to clog up the Internet flow for a while, hence why the federal government installed a six month window for applicants to register.
Edited by Alisen Downey