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OBAMACARE'S BRUTAL REIGN OVER NEVADA... APPARENTLY NOT SO BRUTAL AFTER ALL

The first day of the new state health insurance exchange - the state-level imposition of the harsh new Obamacare regime - ran into a few glitches, but there were due to people trying to access the service, a Nevada HealthLink spokesman said.

C.J. Bawden said that as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, the first day throughout the nation that non-insured people could sign onto the exchange and seek health coverage, almost 3,100 accounts were created from more than 64,000 page visits and 29,000 unique visitors to the website.

The “massive web traffic” created some headaches for would-be users, he said.

“We’ve been working through those issues,” Bawden said.

The Nevada effort has been a showcase for a Republican governor who ostensibly opposed the Affordable Care Act - aka Obamacare. In contrast to some other Republican state leaders such as Texas Governor Rick Perry or Florida Governor Rick Scott who have done what they can legally do to block the establishment of the act, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval moved to create the state exchange.

In Washington, D.C., opposition to the Affordable Care Act moved the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to 44 votes to defund or eliminate the program. House Republicans on Tuesday fulfilled a pledge to shut down the federal government unless the White House agreed to suspend the health exchanges.

Nevada HealthLink is operated by the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange. According to state estimates, about 25 percent of Nevada’s under-65 population, about 588,000 people, do not have health insurance.

Visitors to the Nevada HealthLink website, nevadahealthlink.com, can calculate their monthly insurance premium and register an account to sign up for health insurance. Low-income individuals and families may qualify for subsidized coverage.

People may find answers to questions about the program at http://exchange.nv.gov/Resources/Fast_Facts/.