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Affordable Care Act Issues Frustrates Users as Deadline Looms

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) - Nicole Barton says she's been trying to sign-up for the Affordable Care Act since last year.

"Just no luck. It's frustrating," she says. "I have never been able to get into the site. First there was problems with my email it wouldn't create my account."

Once Barton finally got the email issue fixed, there was too much traffic on HealthCare.gov.

"It's frustrating. They rolled this plan out and they have a deadline for us to sign up with penalties if we are not signed up. And I'm not the only one this is happening to obviously."

Barton is one of the people who will get a pass for a few days because she at least tried to sign up. But other people who qualify for Obamacare but refuse to sign-up will have to pay a penalty.

"So if you don't have coverage in 2014 as of tonight or attempted to enroll, then there is a penalty of the greater of $95 or 1 percent of household income," says attorney Brydon Dewitt.

Representative Eric Cantor says the republicans are working on a better plan.

"The implementation of Obamacare has been a disaster," he says. "I believe that the healthcare law is just poorly designed and will not deliver the promises that the President made."
    
But right now, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.

There are only a few ways you can sign up before the next enrollment period.

"The only option you really have to purchase Affordable Care Act through the marketplace would be if you have a change in family circumstances during the year," Dewitt says. "So if you get married… the birth or adoption of a child… and if you had coverage through your employer and you lose your job."

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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