Some Americans are going online to say they have somehow applied for public exchange health coverage in the past few days.
Some say they bypassed the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) websites and kept calling the exchange call centers until they reached helpful live humans.
Some claim to have actually bought coverage through exchange websites.
One user of Reddit.com, a Web-based news discussion site, claimed to have gotten an entire family signed up for coverage with a $3,000 annual deductible for $354 per month.
Many other consumers have succeeded at getting the application process started by setting up accounts.
This reporter managed to get into the overloaded HealthCare.gov site for the federally run New Jersey PPACA exchange around 4 a.m. this morning.
The process was similar in some ways to the account creation process on other shopping sites, but, in part because of PPACA quirks and the privacy concerns involved with transmission of personal health and personal financial information through the Internet, much different in other ways.