We thought maybe she emigrated to the Spanish-language site, but no.
— Ruth Marcus (@RuthMarcus) October 27, 2013
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) October 27, 2013
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) October 27, 2013
— Chris Acuff (@cjacuff) October 27, 2013
Her photo has been replaced by cute circular icons encouraging consumers to apply for Obamacare by mail, over the phone, or in person. The problem is, those applications reportedly won’t get processed until the website is fixed:
With the supposedly state-of-the-art $600 million HealthCare.gov portal malfunctioning, President Barack Obama is urging Americans to go ahead and try to get health coverage by mailing in a paper application, calling the helpline or seeking help from one of the trained “assisters.”
But the truth is those applications — on paper or by phone — have to get entered into the same lousy website that is causing the problems in the first place. And the people processing the paper and calls don’t have any cyber secret passage to duck around that. They too have to deal with all the frustrations of HealthCare.gov — full-time.
Clearly, it is time for out-of-the-box thinking:
If http://t.co/Tc7uJrzus9 doesn't work and if the call center still directs you to the inoperable website, there's always smoke signals.
— Jason Mattera (@JasonMattera) October 22, 2013
Whitehouse says if Obamacare website is out, the phone lines are busy and mail gets lost, it has set up a carrier pigeon system to register.
— Grant Maloy (@grantmaloy) October 25, 2013
— rmack2x (@rmack2x) October 27, 2013