October 1, 2013 marks the anticipated start of open enrollment for health care products offered on state health care exchanges. The federal government has a website to help potential health insurance buyers choose an insurance plan. Expect the Internet’s version of a long line (delays, error messages and glitches). It took me 30 minutes to get past the following message:

We have a lot of visitors on our site right now, and we’re working to make your experience here better. Please wait here until we send you to the log-in page. Thank you for your patience.

I was asked to set up an account. Part of the account set up process requires security questions; however, there are no security questions to choose from and you cannot create an account without one. Lots of glitches are being reported. Maybe we should just check back tomorrow??

In fact, because the federal government shut down today, some websites of the federal government are not being updated other than the following disclaimer:

Government Shutdown disclaimer

Let’s hope today’s events are not a preview of the health care exchange system expected to provide actual health care as of January 1, 2014.