Millions flock to Healthcare.gov as deadline approaches

Millions flock to Healthcare.gov as deadline approaches

Millions of consumers are flooding the online federal healthcare portal ahead of Tuesday’s deadline to purchase insurance that would be effective on Jan. 1, according to the Obama administration.

The HealthCare.gov website set a record for Internet traffic on Monday, with nearly 2 million people visiting the site, and an additional quarter of a million phoning the call centers, according to the administration’s Twitter account.

An additional 1 million visited the site and 200,000 called in over the weekend.

Monday was supposed to be the cutoff date for obtaining ObamaCare coverage that takes effect on Jan 1, but in the latest delay to the law, the administration announced people who have begun the enrollment process would actually have until Christmas Eve to complete it.

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The administration sought to downplay the change on Monday, warning consumers that if they waited until Tuesday to begin the enrollment process, they risked missing out on coverage that begins Jan. 1.

However, on Tuesday, the HealthCare.gov Twitter account advertised that “we’re helping people complete enrollment today too.”

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