COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/SCRN/WVOC) - The federal and state exchanges to sign up for health care had numerous problems yesterday, including stalled websites, error messages, menus that didn't work and difficulties with security questions.
Governor Nikki Haley says opening day for enrollment through the federal online marketplace was a mess, but Democrats say she's partly to blame.
Republicans are saying 'Obamacare' wasn't ready, and it's an example of the Affordable Care Act being a disaster.
But Democrats say just the opposite – that the websites were overwhelmed because so many uninsured people need and are interested in the medical coverage.
Governor Haley, who actively has opposed the federal health care law, says her office is trying to help people calling in with questions and problems during sign-up.
The state's Medicaid agency has ramped up two call centers to handle residents' questions.
But Democrats say when the Republican governor had a chance to create a state exchange to facilitate enrolling here, she intentionally steered away from that.
The Post and Courier newspaper reported e-mails showing that Haley directed a committee formed to study the issue to find a reason to opt-out and avoid what she termed “a federal takeover.”
The newspaper said some of those involved in dozens of meetings called the entire planning process a sham that wasted their time and part of a $1-million federal planning grant.