Healthcare.gov Plagued By Crashes on First Day

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Image Credit: CBSNews.com / CBS Evening News

(CBS News) – The long-awaited opening of Obamacare was accompanied today by the long-threatened closing of the federal government.

Americans began shopping online Tuesday for health insurance on the new state exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.

There were major problems all over the country. Websites were slow or crashed altogether, leaving a lot of folks angry and frustrated. The president noted that by 7 a.m., more than a million people had visited the main website: www.healthcare.gov.

“That gives you a sense of how important this is to millions of Americans around the country, and that’s a good thing,” President Obama said. “We’re going to be speeding things up in the next few hours to handle all of this demand that exceeds anything that we had expected.”

The millions of people flooding the system on healthcare.gov cause the website to briefly brake under the strain, causing it to go from “apply now” to “please wait” to “please try again later,” reports CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews.

The website is currently used by 34 states.

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NOTE: The story above is excerpted from CBSNews.com.

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