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Which exchanges are working?

October 1, 2013

    Dan Diamond, Managing Editor

     "This is real simple," President Obama said in a speech touting the ACA's long-awaited health insurance exchanges last week.

    "It's a website where you can compare and purchase affordable health insurance plans, side-by-side," the president added. It's the "same way you shop for a TV on Amazon."

    "Starting on Tuesday, you can sign up."

    Don't judge the exchanges' fate too soon: Join us for a conversation on November 15 as our experts perform a pulse check on Obamacare.

    It's Tuesday. The exchanges are now live. And if the exchange website works as it's supposed to, it does seem pretty simple; Covered California officials, for instance, offered a sneak peek of their website last week that made the application process appear straightforward, if a bit lengthy. In a demonstration, applying for coverage on the site took about 45 minutes, with many helpful, consumer-friendly prompts along the way.

    But many sites aren't working yet, as customers (and journalists) attempt to shop for coverage. It may not matter much in the long run, but in the near-term, it will raise questions over whether federal officials can hit their goals for enrolling 7 million Americans through the exchanges.

    Here's our rolling look at which exchange websites are still having glitches, as of Oct. 4, 2:30 p.m. ET. Click here for our most recent tracker.

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