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Thousands sign up in California under Obamacare
San Francisco Chronicle

More than 16,000 California families completed applications for health coverage in the first five days of operation of the state’s insurance exchange, the new marketplace created by the federal Affordable Care Act.

Officials for Covered California, the state exchange, released numbers on Tuesday showing strong consumer interest in the new marketplace, which opened Oct. 1. They made the announcement to counteract reports of long wait times to reach call-center representatives and slow online performance for the agency’s website.

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