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Affordable Health Care Act arrives with glitches

11:38 PM, Oct 1, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- The Affordable Health Care Act (AKA 'Obamacare') arrived Tuesday with controversy and glitches in the government's web site.

People throughout metro Atlanta complained that they couldn't gain access to www.healthcare.gov, advertised by President Obama as a place to shop and compare for affordable health care.

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In Sandy Springs, the Simmons family tried for hours to start an account with no luck.

"If this is how it is at the very beginning, it doesn't give me any confidence it's going to get any better," said Kelly Simmons.

According to the White House, the website was overwhelmed with more than a million people attempting to access the site by 7 a.m.

"We're going to be speeding things up in the next few hours to handle all this demand," said the President.

Dozens of people commented on the 11Alvie Facebook page, some saying they had no trouble accessing the site. Most, however, expressed frustration that the government didn't expect this kind of volume.

"It's the internet," said Stacy Abrams of the Georgia Democratic Party. "You can be Microsoft. You can be Apple. If you've tried to download something on iTunes it takes more time if more people are trying to get something."

Anyone looking for affordable health care has 180 to register and select a plan on www.healthcare.gov.

At the Simmons dining room table, only 25-year-old Kyle is willing to give Washington a break.

"It's the first day," said Kyle. "There's 180 days. What's the big deal?"

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