Joy Kramer of Smyrna has run into the same dead ends with the insurance exchange website as millions of other Americans. An inability to log on. Interminable delays. A busy site. But the technical problems with healthcare.gov are not going to deter Kramer from enrolling, she says. And she is an unabashed supporter of the Affordable Care Act.
Public libraries have been preparing themselves for what many believe could be a surge in visitors as online health insurance exchanges open under the Affordable Care Act. “In large swaths of Georgia, the only place you can get free internet is at your public library,” said Alan Harkness, director of the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries in Columbus.
On October 1, the Affordable Care Act’s online exchange will open to consumers seeking health insurance. People will be able to go to Healthcare.gov and select the plan they feel is best for them. However, that is what some insurance agents are worried about. “As agents we now have competition,” explained Dan Fleming, a long-time agent in Dekalb County.
Dozens of supporters of the Affordable Care Act rallied outside the office of Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens Thursday. Democratic state lawmakers and members from organizations like Georgia’s AFL-CIO and Protect Your Care said they were disappointed by Hudgens’s recent remarks about the ACA, commonly called ObamaCare.