MIAMI -- Monday at midnight EDT was the deadline for signing up for insurance through the Obamacare website. At least 6 million have enrolled, but a lot have waited until the last minute.
Since Saturday, Healthcare.gov has had more than 4 million visits. That overwhelmed the site. It went down twice on Monday. Places were consumers could sign up in person were mobbed.People started lining up at a mall in Miami at 3:30 a.m. Monday. By noon, more than 1,000 people had come to try to sign up for Obamacare.
When Julissa Manyoma walked in and saw the long lines, one thing went through her mind: "I'm going to be here for like six hours."
Manyoma, 22, is an uninsured bartender. When she arrived, she found out the heathcare.gov website was down.
She and hundreds of others, including 24-year-old Pierre Martinez, an unemployed cook, decided to wait it out to try to beat the deadline -- midnight Monday - to enroll for health care coverage.
"I just don't want to keep getting more penalized," said Martinez.
So what was it like Monday morning?
"Chaos," said Odalys Arevalo, the insurance agent who set up the mall enrollment center.
Her 50 agents do not work for the government. They get a commission from insurance companies to sell policies available in the government's health insurance marketplace.
On Monday they were helping people prove they attempted to get coverage, so they could try again later.
There were still several hundred people waiting in line tonight, hoping to at least start the process today. Scott, if the website stays down, many say they'll be back tomorrow.