During a study break today I read a very informative article by the Washington Post about how our government has shut down a large portion of its services because it can't figure out how to fund itself, I thought I'd take a second to see what kinds of options the new health insurance marketplace offers. I was hoping to find an instance of our government succeeding to counteract this failure... I wanted to compare my new options with the health insurance I currently have through MSU. As it turned out, even in this "virtual marketplace" where there are "no lines," I had to wait. In a virtual line. FOR TWO HOURS.
But I can get past this - assuming it's not (as my friend Antonio put it) a "marketing strategy to make people think everyone is rushing to get it," haha. Who knows - maybe they really did underestimate the amount of bandwidth the Uninsured of America would need to be able to view the site on roll-out day. Anyway, once it finally let me into the website and I made it to the third page of account creation, I had to select and answer some security questions. The problem was, the web page didn't work. Nothing happened when I clicked on the drop-down boxes to select security questions. They just flashed, and nothing selectable appeared, not even a blank drop-down menu. I clicked "Back" and reloaded the page. Nothing. Two hours of waiting completely wasted. If I tried to skip this step, a red error message showed up under the "Answer 1" field telling me that this field is required.