An estimated 150,000 to 200,000 Georgians are expected to shop on Obamacare's online insurance marketplace during its second open enrollment period.
HealthCare.gov suffered a disastrous launch last year plagued by near-daily website crashes that left consumers unable to complete applicants. But federal officials say the revamped website should be a much smoother and easier experience for people the second time around, though not completely glitch-free.
Nearly 317,000 Georgians signed up for health insurance through the marketplace last year. Nationwide, roughly 8 million Americans selected marketplace plans. Such successes notwithstanding, Obamacare opponents maintain that the law is too intrusive and is driving up costs for everyone.
But although critics predicted the early demise of the federal marketplace, experts say it appears to be working the way it was intended and is around to stay.