Oh, Good Grief… Obamacare Staffers Unable to Sign Up People at Government Enrollment Event
In Obamacare’s first week online.
** Millions of Americans were turned away.
** The online system crashed.
** 99% of applications may have hit a wall and weren’t processed.
** The Obamacare website shut down after only a week in operation.
That’s not all…
Yesterday at an Obamacare enrollment event with HHS Secretary Sebelius, staffers were unable to get on the website.
Trib Live reported:
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had a front-row view of the problems plaguing the website that the government established to allow people to shop for health insurance under Obamacare.
Sebelius and Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney were at an enrollment and education event on Thursday at Heinz Field to promote Healthcare.gov, but people who showed up encountered problems in signing up for coverage on the website.
At the back of the room, it was a different story. About 20 people armed with laptops and certified by the government to sign up people for coverage were meeting with uninsured people, answering questions and fruitlessly trying to access the website.
LaKesha Lowry, 41, came to the event to find out about her health insurance options. But the North Side resident said she was not able to access the site, even with the help of a certified application counselor.
“It said, ‘Try again later,’ ” Lowry said.
Asked about the ongoing problems with the website and the fact that people at a government enrollment event couldn’t sign up, Sebelius told reporters that she didn’t know what problems were affecting service at Heinz Field. The government has made hardware and software upgrades to improve the site, she said, and it is working for many people.
“We’re working to ensure it’s easy to use,” Sebelius said, noting that more than 13 million people have visited the site, an “extraordinary” level of traffic.