COLUMBIA, Md. -
What better place than a library to seek knowledge, and on this day, the Maryland Health Connection van arrives in Columbia carrying a load of information on how the Affordable Care Act can work for Marylanders.
"We spend most of our time giving information and correcting a lot of wrong information that's out there, but they understand that we're not in a race and that there's time," said Pat Gussio of Healthy Howard.
In its first week alone, Maryland's website has drawn 170,000 visitors and more than 13,000 have set up accounts, but only 326 of them have actually enrolled drawing a mixed reaction over its implementation.
"It looks like for some people, it might be complicated to get into the health thing,” said Sarah Uphouse of Columbia, “I probably would like to see it delayed just a little bit so that they can work out some of the glitches."
"I understand there are some glitches, but when it gets rolling, it's going to be one of the best things that has ever happened to the country," said Thomas Brown of Columbia.
While there are glossy new pamphlets available, magnets for your refrigerator and even pedometers to help count how many steps you travel, some say the steps to obtain the coverage are daunting at best.
"From what I've been told, some of the forms are more complicated then filling out your tax forms," said Uphouse.
Even those charged with helping people navigate through their options acknowledge it can be complicated.
"We have some sense of the rates on paper, but we don't know what each person is going to qualify for," said Gussio.
Still, with patience and persistence, some are convinced people will choose what's best for them and it will pay off in the long run.
"I'm very encouraged by the numbers of people that are signing up and I think it shows the Republicans that they're dead wrong.,” said Anne Neale of Columbia, “This is not going to hurt people. This is going to be a tremendous advantage for millions and millions of people who haven't had access to healthcare or have had to pay much more than they could afford to."
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