White House: 20 Percent Won’t Make It Through Health Website

WASHINGTON (November 18, 2013) Twenty percent of Americans won't make it through the website to buy health insurance through new exchanges, the White house said Monday.

The Obama administration is scrambling to fix the malfunctioning website by Nov. 30, but White House spokesman Jay Carney said there will still be 1 in 5 who will start the process online but won't be able to purchase insurance.

Carney said the technical problems are only one reason.

Some won't be comfortable using a computer to buy insurance while others may find their tax situations too complicated for the website to determine eligibility for subsidies.

Carney says trained navigators and call centers can better serve those individuals.

He said the White House is also considering other channels to help people get enrolled, such as direct sign-ups through insurance companies.


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