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LeaJhade Bates recently attended an insurance sign-up event to learn more about the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

"I haven't tried the website yet because I hear it was down," Bates said. "Why go to the website when it's down? My mom has called and my dad has called. We're just waiting to see what happens."

At the end of the event, Bates still hadn't enrolled. It's a story many Americans share.

The Obama Administration released federal figures Wednesday. They report about 106,000 people have signed up for new insurance plans through healthcare.gov or the state exchanges. Only 27,000 people used the troubled federal site.

In Louisiana, fewer than 4,000 people signed up using the federal website. More than 7,700 Louisianans filled out applications.

"That's really not a drop in the bucket," said Louisiana Sen. Greg Tarver (D-Dist.39) of the national numbers. "You have million and millions of people out there who need insurance and can't afford insurance and they're looking for it."

Tarver hosted the event Bates attended. He admits the launch has been far from perfect, but says he's confident the website problems will get worked out. In the end, he says millions of Americans need the insurance.

"Any program that's this massive is going to be refined and going to be amended down the line, just like Social Security was amended, just like Medicaid was amended," Tarver says.

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