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HHS Secretary Sebelius visits Jacksonville Friday

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Updated: 1/24 7:07 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- United States Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be in Jacksonville to campaign for the success of the federal health insurance marketplace website. 

Sebelius will be at the Bob Hayes Sports Complex Legends Center to talk about uninsured people getting personal help to learn to use the
website. The website launched on Oct. 1 to a litany of problems, including people being unable access it to being able to choose an insurance plan.

However, the Orlando Sentinel reports Sebelius said 1 in 8 people signing up for the website are from Florida, by far the most in the country. Yet U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL) said the enrollment numbers are still well below the number of uninsured and that the program isn't working.

"I would say healthcare.gov is a vastly different experience, it takes an average of about thirty minutes for someone to go through from start to finish," Sebelius said. "The learns side of the site where you can go on and do anonymous shopping and see all of the plans and see what you're eligible for is now built and robust so now anybody who tried the experience at the front end we are urging to come back."

You have until March 31st to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act or face a penalty. Health navigators will be in the River City this weekend to help choose the best plan for you. They are holding an event from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bob Hayes Legends Center.

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nativejax - 1/24/2014 10:57 AM
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Hey Sebsyphilis, We DON'T WANT OR NEED YOU HERE. Go get back in your bed with your crooks in Washington, better yet, GET OUT OF MY CONGRESS.

GUS11 - 1/24/2014 10:41 AM
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This lady, the Secretary, is a usless person. She screwed away the software that was supposed to be ready by Oct 1. She did not do her job. She needed to make the people who designed this software be ready by Oct 1. So if anyone thinks that she is here to help them, look at her past. She doesn't care. All she wants is her paycheck. Obamacare is a feed the poor law. Those of us who work hard and pay our taxes will have to work harder and pay more taxes so the usless people in the country, who don't want to work but live off the government will be able to get heathcare. Sebelius must spend a lot of time under Obama's desk.

o07wray - 1/24/2014 10:08 AM
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don't sign up if you hate OBUMMER care.. They need healthy young people to sign up to pay for all the ILLEGAL Immigrants and POOR THAT CAN'T PAY!! Thats right,, young people will pay for it!!! And what will hapen wen all the young people get older and need medical?? THEIR WILL NOT BE ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY FOR IT!!! DUHHHH

adevaney - 1/24/2014 8:04 AM
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I have been trying since Oct 1st to use site. LOL I just got my identity verified in Jan 2014 from site.(since Oct 1). I tried again yesterday to proceed..No luck. Site still sucks and I have been unable for 2 days to view eligibility. I am being told to call the 800 number, which I don't have time to do. So maybe she can help me....Great Day! I am through trying the marketplace.gov..INADEQUATE
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