For months all eyes have been on October 1 — the first day people can sign up for Obamacare.
But as that day approaches, many people working on the nuts and bolts of the health law are tamping down any expectations of a sign-up stampede.
Not everyone will enroll immediately. And that, they say, is the way they want it.
Given all the worries that web sites could crash, call centers could be overwhelmed, and the federal government’s data hub could falter as it checks eligibility and subsidies, they’d rather see a slow buildup during an open enrollment season that runs through March.