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45 minutes...and DONE

It took Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill under 45 minutes last week to sign up for a health care plan under the Affordable Care Act.

The Democrat said she encountered a few glitches, but basically found that the new health care exchange was working as intended.

“My experience buying a plan on tells me that the exchange is now doing exactly what it was meant to — provide a marketplace where private insurers are competing for our business, and offering a big range of options,” McCaskill said.

“It wasn’t completely hassle-free, but it was pretty close, and all told it took me less than 45 minutes to create an account, shop for available plans, and select a new insurance policy.

She said Health and Human Services, which oversees the program, needs to “keep working hard to fix problems with this law, but we can’t return to the old broken system where so many folks were shut out of the insurance market, and companies could discriminate because of preexisting conditions, or drop you when you got sick. We’ve got to keep moving forward.”

You can find details of McCaskill’s plan and a video of her signing up for the program