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Early start gives Covered California an edge in health-care rollout
Fresno Bee

The head of California’s health insurance marketplace didn’t flinch at questions about the almost nightly shutdowns of Covered California for revisions and repairs.

“So, night owls can’t enroll,” executive director Peter Lee said last week in Fresno. Quick fixes to the Covered California website are a sign of good business, not failure, Lee said at a grand opening for the system’s third call center.

He has a point. While the federal government’s system for enrolling people in Affordable Care Act health plans has had more snags than a nylon sweater, California’s system has had a comparatively smooth start.