The Affordable Care Act’s online marketplace launched six weeks ago today — but the website has drawn scrutiny for a number of glitches, forcing President Barack Obama to answer to the public’s worries.
According to the White House, more than 1.5 million people started an application on the site during the first month, but only 106,185 could successfully enroll.
In North Carolina, just 1,662 people were able to enroll.
Obama expressed his concerns about healthcare.gov’s problems in a speech on Thursday.
“It’s gotten a lot better over the last few weeks than it was on the first day, but we’re working 24/7 to get it working for the vast majority of Americans in a smooth, consistent way,” he said.
Obama said people would be allowed to renew their current policies with no penalty for 2014 without upgrading plans to the law’s requirements. The Department of Health and Human Services will then determine whether to continue this exception in the future.
“I think it is not possible for me to guarantee that 100 percent of the people 100 percent of the time going on this website will have a perfectly seamless, smooth experience,” he said. “But the majority of people who use it will be able to see it operate the way it was supposed to.”
Daniel Keylin, spokesman for the N.C. Republican Party, said conservatives still believe the law is a disaster.
He estimated that 475,000 North Carolina residents are being forced off of current insurance plans because of the health care law’s requirements.