100 People Attend Obamacare Event with Steelers Owner, Have Trouble Enrolling
Obamacare's state exchange websites may be performing worse than the winless Pittsburgh Steelers.
Only 100 people showed up to an Obamacare event at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Thursday with Steelers chairman Dan Rooney and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Many could not even sign up for health care at the event that was meant to help potential new enrollees.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Sebelius "had a front-row view of the problems plaguing the website that the government established to allow people to shop for health insurance under Obamacare."
Though Sebelius told the 100 people who showed up that Healthcare.gov was “open for business," those who tried to sign up for health insurance at the event could not access the site "even with the help of a certified application counselor":
Asked about the ongoing problems with the website and the fact that people at a government enrollment event couldn't sign up, Sebelius told reporters that she didn't know what problems were affecting service at Heinz Field. The government has made hardware and software upgrades to improve the site, she said, and it is working for many people.