Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Scenic Route Through The Affordable Care Act Online Registration

I'm sure you've heard the old saying, "A giraffe is a horse which was designed by a committee."

I'm all for universal health care. As a newly single, self-employed artist, this is like a dream come true. And, of course, I know that all new technological programs come with their share of glitches and bugs to be worked out. I was prepared to be frustrated the first time through the process, but I couldn't help share some of my experience. Fortunately for you, I'm not showing this in real time. This began 8:30 pm on Thursday and I was advised to give it up on 10:30 am Friday. Of course, there was some sleep time involved during that time period. 

The site is actually very easy to navigate. Super easy! It's just overloaded at the moment.

I was finally able to create my user name and password (both are complicated with upper and lower case letters, numbers and special symbols) and answer all the questions asked of me. My information was processed and it was announced that they could give me my eligibility results! Drumroll, please!

Or, maybe not!
Then I received an email message which I thought might give me the answers.

I  hope all of you experiencing this same thing are just being patient. I'll try again next week and will let you know what happens. Meanwhile... back to making art!


Cindy said...

This is really very interesting. A first-hand glimpse of what I've been hearing about on the news. I plan to look into it myself but had decided to wait a while after finding out how it was going in general. Thanks for sharing!

Susan Roden said...

I'm right there with you.
Actually I phoned them 2 weeks before the start and got to a real person, but she didn't know that many answers. Still at a loss over here. . . .

Anonymous said...

I think we'll all get through this together and I have great faith that we'll all be better for it, too. So far I'm greatly encouraged that the program appears to be very user friendly and I'm sure the glitches will get worked out.