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(58,179 posts)
Sun Dec 15, 2013, 02:01 PM Dec 2013

Well, I just had my first experience with the Healthcare.gov website...

Creating a user name and account: easy.

Plowing through all the questions: easy.

Alas, I logged out to track down some personal info, and when I tried to log back in, it said the system was currently down.

...but then, Ermahgerd! A phone number: 800-318-2596

And it's toll-free, too!

So I'll be calling in the morning to finish the process.

No. Big. Deal.

Thanks, Obama.

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Well, I just had my first experience with the Healthcare.gov website... (Original Post) WilliamPitt Dec 2013 OP
This message was self-deleted by its author think Dec 2013 #1
The alternative WAS.... underpants Dec 2013 #2
My neighbors just got signed up NO Problems.. Tippy Dec 2013 #3
I had no problems either Gothmog Dec 2013 #4
Some other observations matt819 Dec 2013 #5
It's no worse than Ticketmaster when you want to buy tickets for a hot concert or..... George II Dec 2013 #6
Nothing is worse than Ticketmaster oberliner Dec 2013 #7
I had a great experience with it. louis-t Dec 2013 #8
This just in... VPStoltz Dec 2013 #9
The woman trying to stuff the banana into the bottle AlbertCat Dec 2013 #10

Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)


(184,049 posts)
2. The alternative WAS....
Sun Dec 15, 2013, 02:12 PM
Dec 2013

find out every provider in your state
log on to each site
register on each site (probably endless emails)
search through all their plan options
chart/write down all of them
decide what fits best for you

The website is nothing more than kayak or Travelocity for travel. It gives you the options available to you (less Southwest air - you have to go to their website for flight info).

I was going to check out the site but I figured that Sundays are high traffic time.


(149,151 posts)
4. I had no problems either
Sun Dec 15, 2013, 02:14 PM
Dec 2013

I searched for coverage for my two youngest and found the same policy as I found on a portal from an insurance agent the system works


(10,749 posts)
5. Some other observations
Sun Dec 15, 2013, 02:30 PM
Dec 2013

Before the website revisions, when the site was down, the site was down and you really didn't know when it might be up again.

I've found since the revisions that just because the site is down at the moment doesn't mean that it'll be down for a long time. Earlier this week I tried again a few minutes later, and all was well.

Another observation. Due to an administrative screw-up on my end, I let my BC/BS private policy lapse. Stupid. I applied for a new policy and was turned down. It seems my weight and some medication I was taking before was just fine. Now it's cause for refusal.

So, back to Obamacare.

Just finished the application process, now waiting for payment info from BC/BS, which can't refuse me. The premiums for three of us - two adults, one adult child - comes to almost the same premiums I was paying before, give or take a few dollars. However, my deductibles are no longer $5,000 or more but rather $2,000. The network is different, and that definitely sucks, but until more changes are made to our ridiculous health care system, I'll just have to accept that.

I already have appointments scheduled for January.

George II

(67,782 posts)
6. It's no worse than Ticketmaster when you want to buy tickets for a hot concert or.....
Sun Dec 15, 2013, 04:11 PM
Dec 2013

....sporting event. But Ticketmaster won't send you an email when they're available.


(23,429 posts)
8. I had a great experience with it.
Sun Dec 15, 2013, 04:29 PM
Dec 2013

Took less than 20 minutes, I got a much better plan for $5 more than I was paying. Thanks, Obama.

By the way, I contacted my agent first. I had BCBS. He told me "Don't bother with that site, it's a mess, it's going to cost you all kinds of money, you won't be able to get a subsidy, it's the worst thing I've ever seen....blah, blah, blah..". I thanked him for his time and a half hour later I had real health insurance.


(1,295 posts)
9. This just in...
Sun Dec 15, 2013, 04:43 PM
Dec 2013

The woman trying to stuff the banana into the bottle (she obviously didn't pay attention in science class) was seen standing in line at Best Buy for 12 hours to get her kid the latest XBox.



(17,505 posts)
10. The woman trying to stuff the banana into the bottle
Sun Dec 15, 2013, 05:07 PM
Dec 2013

I'm more worried about the woman apparently having a seizure with a tray table. I mean, if you can't use a tray table correctly.... she'll never figure out any website!

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