State and federal websites opened enrollment into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) last Tuesday, October 1, 2013. However, enrollment has not begun smoothly. The waiting time to enroll through the websites is long. Though the Obama administration states that people are working “around the clock” in order to obviate the problem, very few people have actually enrolled. Democrats claim that the long waiting time is evidence of the ACA’s popularity, due to the number of people trying to enroll in the exchanges.
The ACA is the focus of the current battle occurring over the budget in the House, which has resulted in a government shutdown. Republicans would like the Act to be either delayed or defunded, and some claim that the technical glitches demonstrate the unworkability of the ACA. House Republicans have demanded that the Obama administration must change the ACA in order to gain their support and reopen the government.
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