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Current Event Cat of the Day: Obamacare

Current EVent Cat - Obamacare

Despite Senator Ted Cruz’s best attempt to undermine healthcare reform and that whole “government shutdown situation”, Obamacare went live on Tuesday – glitches and all.

The Affordable Care Act, lovingly referred to as Obamacare, had a bit of a glitchy first day. As enrollment opened for those seeking affordable health care, many people quickly encountered technological problems that prevented them from getting rates, comparing health plans, or signing up. Around 2.8 million Americans visited Healthcare.gov to sign up for Obamacare, causing so much traffic that the website kept going down. In addition, 81,000 not-so-tech-savvy Americans dialed into the help center. On the plus side, it looks like America has quite a healthy appetite for Obamacare.

As the healthcare program launched, President Obama said the opportunity would be “life changing” for as many as seven million Americans who do not already have health insurance.

Tens of thousands of Americans die each year just because they don’t have health insurance,” Obama said, standing in front of a group signing up on the new online health insurance exchanges.

“Millions more live with the fear that they’ll go broke if they get sick. And today, we begin to free millions of our fellow Americans from that fear.”

As for the glitches, Obama pointed to the high demand for health coverage that “exceeds anything that we had expected.”

“We found out that there have been times this morning where the site has been running more slowly than it normally will.”

“The reason is because more than one million people visited healthcare.gov before 7:00 in the morning,” the President explained.

Despite the already high enrollment for Obamacare, the Republicans still won’t back down.  After trying to defund, delay and eliminate portions of the health care law, they’ve now taken to blaming the Democrats for the shutdown, insisting they are unwilling to give in to their demands.

But while the Republicans are busy blaming others for the shutdown, Generation Opportunity, a Koch Foundation-funded anti-Obamacare group, is helping them out by trying to discourage young healthy Americans from signing up for Obamacare.

With intelligent, not at all creepy ads such as this one (below), it’s only a matter of time before everyone opts out of health care insurance… or gets raped by an Uncle Sam/Burger King hybrid.

Via: New York Times & Current Event Cats

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