Even in Willing States, Health Law's Rollout Rocky

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- As the nation's health insurance overhaul takes shape, problems aren't limited to Republican-led states that had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the new system.

States where Democratic governors and lawmakers enthusiastically enacted the law have also seen their efforts bog down with bug-ridden websites and long wait times for help.

Trouble with the rollout has been felt starkly in many places where Republican opposition to President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act runs deep. But glitches extend to other places, too.

Minnesota's efforts became so beset that Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton issued an apology and the system's top executive recently resigned. Oregon's exchange can accept only paper applications. And the Maryland governor acknowledged last week that not every resident who wants insurance by Jan. 1 will necessarily get it.

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