By Dan Mangan
A strong wave of people aiming to beat Sunday’s deadline for Obamacare sign-ups in much of the United States were phoning insurance brokers, logging onto HealthCare.gov and other government health exchanges sites, and attending enrollment events.
While that surge echoed last year’s sharp uptick in health insurance plan selections at the end of Obamacare’s first season, there is also markedly less drama surrounding the close of open enrollment this time around, with business proceeding in a matter-of-fact fashion.
Just after 2 p.m. Friday, the U.S. Health and Human Service Depatrment’s media Twitter feed announced, “More people are visiting HealthCare.gov right now than have come to the site since December 15.”
Despite that traffic, the federally run insurance marketplace, which spectacularly melted down from technological flaws after its Oct. 1, 2013, has minimized the problems that marked its chaotic release. Yet there were still a few hiccups: On Saturday, an HHS spokesperson acknowledged that “intermittent issues” has prevented some consumers from completing their applications.
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