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What do South Florida Obamacare enrollees, leprechauns and unicorns have in common?

Will the Floridians who have enrolled for Obamacare please stand up?

Nearly two weeks after the federal government launched the online Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov, individuals who have successfully used the choked-up website to enroll for a subsidized health insurance plan have reached a status akin to urban legend: Everyone has heard of them, but very few people have actually met one.

The Miami Herald searched high and low for individuals who completed enrollment for a subsidized health plan through the marketplace, also called an exchange, launched by the federal government on Oct. 1 in 36 states, including Florida.

The Herald solicited readers for stories of enrollees online and in the newspaper, and received a fair number of responses reflecting various degrees of success with HealthCare.gov, which has been plagued by technical problems that federal officials attribute to an overwhelming number of people trying to access the website at once.

A keystone of the federal healthcare reform law known the Affordable Care Act, the exchange is intended to provide affordable, comprehensive health insurance for the millions of Americans who do not have coverage.

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Indy

Rick Scott and Will Weatherford are holding Florida hostage and prefer to see people die without healthcare than to have a serious plan. If it doesn't work, it's their fault.

Lee Atwater, Republican Consultant in his words

You start out in 1954 by saying, “n*******, n*******, n******.” By 1968 you can’t say “n*****”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “n*******, n****.”


http://www.thenation.com/article/170841/exclusive-lee-atwaters-infamous-1981-interview-southern-strategy

Ivan Figueroa

Healthcare should not be a business where the insurance companies are making billions in revenue. Like education, healthcare is a vital necessity for any human being and should be afordable for all.

Josh

healthcare could be affordable for all if it werent for greedy lawsuit happy individuals looking for a payout when the doctors dont live up to the unreasonable standards we've put on them. It would also help if the govn't wasnt burdening the system with all the taxes, oversight, and red tape they like to force on so many industries. like it or not people in healthcare (like everyone else in the world) dont work for free. The only system that needs to stop operating like a business is the government. If the healthcare providers had more room to breathe in their business without the fear of being sued or shutdown then the prices might not be as high and people could afford the care without the insurance companies. But Obamacare isnt going to make decent healthcare affordable. its going to lower the standard of care across the board so everyone can share in the mediocre care.

Adrienne Torres

Chat with agent on Healthcare.gov on "GLITCHES"

12:20:07 pm]: Thanks for contacting Health Insurance Marketplace Live Chat. Please wait while we connect you to someone who can help.
[12:20:10 pm]: Please be patient while we're helping other people.
[12:20:45 pm]: Please be patient while we're helping other people.
[12:20:53 pm]: Welcome! You're now connected to Health Insurance Marketplace Live Chat.

Thanks for contacting us. My name is Amanda. To protect your privacy, please don't provide any personal information, like Social Security Number, or any other sensitive medical or personal information.
[12:21:14 pm]: adrienne
Hi Amanda
[12:22:08 pm]: Amanda
Hi, Welcome to the Health Insurance Marketplace Live Chat, how may I help you?
[12:23:01 pm]: adrienne
I filled out the application and received the results to my application stating that I am eligible for a tax credit of $80 each month
[12:23:29 pm]: adrienne
I am trying to view your health plans and do not know how to access them
[12:25:10 pm]: Amanda
Ok, lets make sure your pop- up blocker is disabled. Sometimes the pop-up blocking software that is installed on your computer can cause you difficulty in viewing certain information on the Internet. Turning off your pop-up blocker may allow you to see the information you are having trouble accessing.
[12:25:23 pm]: Amanda
Are you using Google or Yahoo toolbars, Windows Internet Explorer, Mac Safari, Firefox, or Google Chrome?
[12:25:39 pm]: adrienne
google
[12:25:51 pm]: adrienne
not chrome
[12:26:40 pm]: Amanda
Select the "Google" logo on the Google toolbar, select "Options" in the Toolbar Options window, uncheck "Pop-up Blocker," and select "OK."
[12:26:55 pm]: adrienne
I turned off my pop up blocker
[12:29:31 pm]: Amanda
Please log out and log back in to your account. Once you log back in, click on the link next to the status ‘In Progress’. Let me know when you have done this.
[12:30:21 pm]: adrienne
There is no link
[12:31:13 pm]: Amanda
What do you see when you log in?
[12:32:36 pm]: adrienne
At the top it has the following listed 5 times......You have a notice available about your Marketplace eligibility. Download. When I scroll down it has 2014 Florida application on left and then Status: In progress on right with my ID#
[12:33:22 pm]: Amanda
Thank you. One moment please while I look that up.
[12:35:37 pm]: Amanda
On the upper right handed corner of the page, do you see a white envelop icon?
[12:35:42 pm]: adrienne
No
[12:38:32 pm]: Amanda
Okay, when you see the "In Progress" is there a link next to it? It may say “Resume application”. Does your screen show that?
[12:38:37 pm]: adrienne
No
[12:39:22 pm]: adrienne
To the left it has 2014 Florida application for Individual & Family Coverage
[12:40:42 pm]: Amanda
Thank you for your patience. Give me a moment while I researching some information.
[12:40:42 pm]: adrienne
If I click on that it takes me to my application which I have filled out SO MANY TIMES
[12:42:16 pm]: adrienne
I get to the security questions. I have answered these NUMEROUS TIMES
[12:45:14 pm]: Amanda
I apologize for the inconvenience. You are doing nothing wrong. We have a lot of visitors trying to use our website. That is causing some glitches for some people.
[12:47:02 pm]: Amanda
We recommend you try again off-peak hours, like later at night or early in the morning. We will continue on improving our site. If you continue having trouble, please contact us at 1-800-318-2596.
[12:48:01 pm]: Amanda
Once again, I apologize for the inconvenience. Do you have any other questions about the Marketplace that I can help you with?
[12:48:07 pm]: Amanda
Once again, I apologize for the inconvenience. Do you have any other questions about the Marketplace that I can help you with?
[12:48:35 pm]: adrienne
When will these so called "GLITCHES" be corrected?
[12:49:46 pm]: Amanda
At the moment there is no estimated time for resolution.
[12:50:23 pm]: adrienne
Have a nice day
[12:50:44 pm]: Amanda
Thank you for contacting Health Insurance Marketplace Live Chat. We are here to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
[12:50:48 pm]: 'Amanda' has left the chat session.
[12:50:53 pm]: Your chat session is over. Thanks for contacting us, and we hope we've answered your questions. Have a great day.
[12:50:53 pm]: 10/17/2013

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