a federally-run exchange for consumers in 36 states began posting error messages for at least 24 of them soon after the system opened for enrollment at 8 a.m. EDT
Some, like Massachusetts, were able to accept consumer log-ins. The state-run exchange in Maryland delayed its opening by four hours, while Minnesota said it would wait until the afternoon after checking its connection with federal databases.
Administration officials said they had expected a rocky opening because of the challenge of building a massive technological infrastructure within a short time.
Obama wanted his historical flustercluck to go live immediately, and decided that shutting down the government was a better option than delaying for a year until the system was ready.