Keeping you up to date on the latest Obamacare facts – Today (Tuesday) marks the beginning of the much-anticipated Obamacare open enrollment for the new marketplaces – which hasn't gone smoothly.
The federal government operates these marketplaces, or exchanges, across 36 states, and the Obama administration anticipates seven million people will apply for coverage across the six-month open-enrollment period.
The exchange rollout comes as a wash of just-released polls on Obamacare shows the public hasn't embraced our country's new healthcare law.
That's why U.S. President Barack Obama has ramped up speeches and interviews this week addressing Obamacare facts and issues, along with party leaders across the country.
And he has plenty to address…
Check out these five new Obamacare facts that just entered the arena:
Obamacare Fact #1: Not All Online Marketplaces Are Working
Shocker: the online marketplaces in which people are expected to enroll have been experiencing technical glitches.
One glitch prevents the exchange from determining whether consumers are eligible for Medicaid or government subsidies. This causes substantial inaccuracies for consumers trying to figure out premium prices – which are the top concern for most consumers.
Last Thursday in a speech in Maryland, President Obama tried to quell mounting concerns over technological issues, stating that similar to other new computer programs, "There are going to be some glitches as this thing unfolds."
But the president said he's confident people will be happy with the prices and plans available to them – with some having insurance for the first time.
At the same time, some analysts worry that early problems like the technical glitches may discourage consumers from obtaining coverage.
Stay tuned to see if the glitches have a cooling effect on enrollment.
Obamacare Fact #2: The "Family Glitch" Could Leave Hundreds of Thousands of Children Without Coverage
Congress committed a drafting error in the healthcare law, now coming to fruition and dubbed the "family glitch." According to healthcare analysts, the family glitch could cost families thousands in health coverage costs and leave up to 500,000 children without any coverage.