However, not everyone is happy Obamacare has taken effect. Republican politicians, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), have attempted to defund the law, leading to a showdown with Democrats that plunged the country into a government shutdown.
President Obama said he refused to sign a bill that gutted the law, and Democrats in Congress have been adamant about voting ‘nay’ to budgets that include anti-ACA measures.
Ironically, the ACA will not suffer from the shutdown. Like other ‘mandatory’ functions of the government, such as Social Security, air traffic control, and national defense, the funding for Obamacare is legally protected.
However, the launch did suffer through some technical glitches on its first day. According to CNN, many were greeted on the site with a message that read: “We have a lot of visitors on the site right now. Please stay on this page. We’re working to make the experience better, and we don’t want you to lose your place in line.”
Federal officials admitted the site experienced higher-than-expect volumes, and the problems would be addressed.
The president, however, said there’s nothing to worry about. “I would suspect that there will be glitches,” he said, “This is 50 states, a lot of people signing up for something...But what we’re confident about is that people will be able to take a look and find out whether this is something that is going to be good for their families.”