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Calif. Exchange Website Had 514K Initial Visitors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials with California's health insurance exchange are clarifying the level of interest shown in their website, saying more than 514,000 people visited the online marketplace on its first day.

Covered California spokesman Oscar Hidalgo said Thursday that those individual visitors showed a high level of interest in the exchange. He says the website had more than 5 million page views Tuesday, when exchanges opened for enrollment nationwide.

That was the official figure previously reported to media outlets.

Exchange officials clarified the numbers after conflicting media reports began to surface. The state's two service centers also received 19,000 telephone calls Tuesday.

The enrollment portion of the website went offline temporarily Tuesday night to fix several technical issues. Officials say online enrollment has not been disrupted since those issues were resolved.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | October 3, 2013 at 1:52 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

Congratulations to those Americans who couldn't afford health coverage before and who now can.

I'm proud to live in a country where we all work together to ensure everyone, rich poor or in between has access to basic health care.

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Alex_Grebenshchikov | October 3, 2013 at 2:35 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

You're welcome subsidized Obamacare recipients! I worked really hard my whole life to make a decent living for the benefit of my wife and children, but now I am talking a lot of my money and paying higher taxes and medical benefits costs so that you don't have try very hard in life or take personal responsibility for you poor choices :-)

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | October 3, 2013 at 3:01 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

Congratulations to all Americans who can now detach themselves from dead-end jobs which they held onto simply for the medical benefits. Make a calculated decision about your finances then write that book; open that business; follow your dreams. To all of you with pre-existing conditions, add "dignity" to your prognosis.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | October 3, 2013 at 4:38 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

Alex, may I ask where you and your family get your health instance from?

Like most Americans who are fortunate enough to have health insurance, I get mine from my employer.

I pay high taxes, and I have not noticed this huge increase you are talking about.

For me an others, nothing changes.

We still get our same insurance through my employer.

But, it's very nice to know that if something happens to me and I no longer have health insurance, there will be reasonably priced options that won't discriminate based on pre existing conditions.

That's pretty nice to have, it takes some of the fear away during these uncertain times.

Thank you Obamacare, I don't need you now, but I sleep a little easier knowing you are there If me or someone I care about needs you.

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sdreefer21 | October 4, 2013 at 1:22 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

The healthcare act is well intended but poorly implemented. Still a step in the right direction. It is neighborly to give those who are working and cant afford or are not offered insurance an option. Whether you want to realize it or not. You will pay for those without insurance one way or another. Since healthcare is already f'd up why not embark in a newer direction. Like anything else new and radical it will take time to sort through the good and bad.

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