HERMISTON, OR - The new health care rollout hit a few speed bumps on the Internet. Things are even worse in Oregon, where customers still cannot enroll online.
The providers I spoke with today say they are not only ready but they are encouraging people to sign up as soon as they can. While the Oregon site is currently only offering paper applications. Officials say the bugs are being worked out.
"People don't just want it, they're showing up to buy it," said President Obama in his speech from the White House Monday morning.
The President acknowledged the technical issues the Affordable Care Act enrollment is having online. In Oregon, not a single person has been able to enroll on their web site.
"I even tried to get on the site myself just recently just to look around and sure enough it is now easy to get in," said Dennis Burke the President and CEO of Good Shepherd Health Care System in Hermiston. "Already the interest level expressed by hits on web sites show that at least there's a significant interest out there."
The "Cover Oregon" site has already seen almost half a million site visits Burke says that means his hospital might see more patients, but not in the emergency room. With more people covered by insurance in Hermiston, more preventative care and simple check-ups could lower emergency visits.
"If this works as planned, some of our volumes of services may actually decline," said Burke.
Once the Oregon site is fully functioning, Burke thinks more people will enroll. It is not just Oregon having issues, many state health care sites are not working properly and it is something the president says, we are working on.
"Nobody is madder than me about the fact that the web site isn't working as well as it should, which means it's going to fixed," said President Obama.
Currently we are in the enrollment period for Affordable Health Care. Places like Good Shepherd wont see those covered under the new system until it goes into effect on the first of January.