You can now apply for Obamacare by phone

People have had such a hard time signing up online that the government has now opened the telephone lines.

By MSN Money Partner Oct 21, 2013 4:25PM
Screenshot of the HealthCare.gov website. Courtesy of HealthCare.GovBy Brett Logiurato, Business Insider

There's already a big change this Monday morning on HealthCare.gov, the federal website where consumers have had (so far) anything but a smooth time signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.


Now featured on the site is an "apply by phone" button, reminding customers that they can apply for coverage over the phone. 


In its first three weeks live, the HealthCare.gov website has been a glitch-filled disaster that has prevented some people from signing up for coverage that can begin as soon as Jan. 1. 


Needless to say, comparing insurance plans -- and signing up -- would be a complicated and more time-consuming process by phone.


Other changes to the site include a contact number that's displayed above the fold on the homepage.


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175Comments
Oct 21, 2013 4:54PM
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You can keep your old insurance LIE! The average person will see a decrease in insurance cost of $2500.00 LIE. The exchange websites were tested and retested and will make signing up simple and seamless LIE. You will have more choices in quality plans than ever before LIE. Your out of pocket costs will be lower LIE. We needed the ACA in order to get rid of the pre-existing conditions loop hole LIES, LIES, and more LIES.
Oct 21, 2013 4:57PM
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Yes, YOU too can get Obamacare just by calling on your Obamaphone! :)
Oct 21, 2013 5:00PM
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what a cluster the phone call is,  took over an hour and the people still cant figure out anything.  heck this girl was so confused and basically stupid on every front.  sh had no answers and after an hour we just gave up.  she could not even spell    .  this was done by one of the people here in my office.  she will not try again and like the rest here will not comply with the law
Oct 21, 2013 5:10PM
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“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise,” President Obama told the American Medical Association in 2009. “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”


Oct 21, 2013 5:09PM
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well it sounds to me just like a government run program, the web site is so screwed up that obama himself does not know how to use it,

now you want telephone access, This will mean the entire world can now tap into obamacare, our government cant protect so much as a rotting turd in a private toilet let alone a phone access system to obamacare.

another big joke on us people, obama is the biggest embarassment that the united states has ever known. this clown does not need a suit to do his job, he is a natural born clown.

our country has suffered terrible losses under this moron. god bless the united states of america and may that muslim in our whitehouse that is finishing the job that obama bin laden did not.

the americans that elected him need to be forced out of this nation for treason.

Oct 21, 2013 5:14PM
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And just wait until they call and find out........oops you dont qualify........and people cant wait until those premiums.......and those so attractive deductibles will be.   It's so funny to watch that old crow Pelosi try to explain what's going wrong, I think she needs more time to find her notes before she makes a statement. lol  She does going putting on her depends in the morning.  What a tool!  I'm still waiting if this is such a sweet system why he or Congress/ Senate isnt on the just so....so....mouth watering plans?  Put your legislation where your mouth is Odumbo you, Congress, Senate, and that pathetic Supreme Court sign up!   Oh, wait Odumbo speaks both sides of his mouth....do as I say, not as i do.
Oct 21, 2013 5:48PM
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What if my obamaphone runs out of minutes while waiting on hold?


I guess I could order some foodstamp take out and get it delivered to my section 8 house while I wait.


Thankfully my 6 kids are at daycare, aka at K12 school.

Oct 21, 2013 5:18PM
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You can now apply for Obamacare by OBAMAphone

Isn't that the OLD FASHION WAY???     IS THE STAFF OF ACORN MANING THE PHONES ?

OR MAYBE THE  I R S ???    How many FELONS ARE INVOLVED !!!

TO the undocumented,,,,,, WILL THEY  BE GETTING SS #'s That are already in play ??
Oct 21, 2013 5:17PM
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LOOKS LIKE  ""OLD GEEZER ""  BE GOIN FOR A RECORD

YOU GO GUY !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 21, 2013 5:12PM
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If you watched the oblama commercial ,I mean speech, today you saw the young lady behind him get so sick of his lies and **** she passed out from the crap........ 
Oct 21, 2013 7:10PM
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I will only call if I can the same insurance and benefits as the members in the senate and congress. 

That means I will never call. 
Oct 21, 2013 6:51PM
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When are the Obamas going to sign up?
Oct 21, 2013 6:48PM
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630 Million dollar website that doesn't work.......

300 Million Men, Women, & Children in the USA

=     

 2+ Million $$$ to each Man,Woman, & Child that could have been

used for THEIR OWN HEALTH COVERAGE if you simply set up an account for each of us....

GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM!!!!!

Oct 21, 2013 5:58PM
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oh goody! this way you morons will get to know EXACTLY how much your healthcare ins. is gonna go up too! sticker shock by phone! FANTASTIC!!, if you can get through of course, better hope is a FREE call! wanna bet if you can....either way you'll know exactly where to send your EXTORTION checks to and how much....and please always remember and never forget you BANKRUPTED yourselves all due to the fact you thought a black racist bitch actually meant 'FREE' healthcare for everyone!! wow who stupid is this country? VERY!!! NOTHING IS FREE!!! NOT A GODDAMN THING!! and you idiots are gonna pay big time for your guilt-ridden uber mistake hehe  GOOD!!
Oct 21, 2013 8:07PM
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Obamacare sucks and is a total POS just like its namesake. The A-hole amateur can't do anything right. What did we expect from a black man with no experience? What were we thinking?
Oct 21, 2013 5:03PM
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Do I have to get an Obama-Phone first?
Oct 21, 2013 7:50PM
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I tried the phone and after 45 minutes they referred me to the website and said it might be best to wait 4 or 5 weeks. Go figure. What a lying POS Obammy is (and always has been).

Obamacare is coughing up blood..



Oct 21, 2013 7:40PM
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Why don't we just make copies of all our personal information and drop it from an airplane? I have filled out the on-line information three times and after receiving confirmation by e-mail that they have it, I am still encountering a notice that my application isn't complete. Calling some unknown person who's taking down information in who-knows-where and putting it in a file that keeps getting lost is too big a risk for me.

 

I'll wait until they fine me.

Oct 21, 2013 6:13PM
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This Obama-care debacle is going to be the death of good healthcare in America. If you believe Obama's lies on this costing less money you'll find out otherwise.... This is a means tested insurance premium set-up, if you are poor or if you are uninsurable because of your health issues then you may get a good deal..... Others will find premiums higher and healthcare worse, I made a little extra a year or two back and my Medicare premium went from $110 per month to $275 per month and is still there. If you make a good salary then watch out they will be in your pocket book big time. Next thing you will be surprised to find your employer will drop the company policy you now have and you will be stuck with WHAT!!!! OBAMA-CARE :))        
Oct 21, 2013 6:11PM
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My pre-existing health plan expires Dec. 31. I MUST sign up for the Affordable Care health policies. I have been calling healthcare.gov about 4 to 5 times a day for assistance. No one knows anything. Some of the reps are cheery and upbeat, others are complete ****s. I applied for access to the website about 40 to 50 times. Every time, you get an error. Several times the website said it would send an email to my inbox to validate my entry. Eureka! I thought, I finally was successful. Never received an email...not once. To date, I am still denied access. Every rep has given me different instructions on how to proceed. Every time I try, I get an error. They told me to apply at off-times. I have applied at 2 a.m., 3 a.m., and 6 a.m. No way! Then the screen reads the site is closed for maintenance. It is virtually impossible to navigate the site. Finally, I did a telephone application, but, now, I was told they don't know if my application was actually submitted because of all the glitches in the system. No one can check on my status. Now they have listed some available insurance policies by state. Of course, there are no details on what the policies cover. The reps do not have that information, either. This is one big fiasco!

Where are Moe, Larry, and Curly Joe when you really need them?

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