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Exchanges off to rocky start

More than 2.8 million people tried to access the new healthcare exchange system from midnight to 4 p.m., Obama administration officials said today, more than seven times the maximum who had tried to access the website previously.

At the same time, officials of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) acknowledged problems with both the state and federal systems. Marilyn Tavenner, CMS administrator, declined to disclose how many had actually been able to sign up for insurance on the first day the health insurance exchange system was launched. She said the information would be updated regularly, but was not ready for release, despite repeated requests from reporters for detailed data during a 4 p.m. conference call.

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