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Henrico student has success enrolling in Obamacare

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

There has been constant backlash with Obamacare everywhere you turn, from website problems to ridicule by some who are against President Obama's Affordable Care Act. 

You won't here many complaints from Christopher Early. He was one of the few who was able to successfully apply and select a healthcare plan.

"I think it was about eight times that I, like, filled out an application and was coming up with errors - but on the ninth time, it finally got completed," Early said.

Early holds in his hand the first invoice from a new healthcare provider. He says marketplace coverage worked best for him while he completes the paralegal studies program at J. Sargent Reynolds Community College.

"I'm over the age of 26, so I can't be on my parents insurance, and I have a pre-existing condition, and therefore I'm having difficulty getting an insurance company to cover me," Early said.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a little over 1,000 Virginians have signed up for Obamacare since it launched on October 1. Some say technical issues with the web site are to blame.

"Being frustrated with the site is definitely an understatement; needless to say, they are working on things, and the site is better than what it used to be," Early said.

When using this website, it's important to make sure that the browser will support access before you put in personal information.

"Internet Explorer is the way to go. I've tried Firefox, I've tried Chrome, and somehow the site is still not compatible with those browsers. Needless to say, I was very fortunate, but I was also persistent," Early said.

Enroll Virginia aims to help people find healthcare plans. It has about 20 counselors across the state that will take questions at places like healthcare clinics, law offices, and hospitals.

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