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Remember the days when the media gushed over how high tech the Obama campaign was?

The dead-tree version of health insurance enrollment is turning out to be surprisingly popular.

Unable to use new government insurance Web sites that have been plagued by technological problems, those tasked with helping the uninsured sign up for health coverage are bypassing the sites altogether, relying instead on old-fashioned paper applications.

It is a slow and labor-intensive substitute for what was supposed to be a snappy online application, similar to Amazon or Travelocity. But faced with a flood of people eager to get health benefits for the first time, what had been considered Plan B has become theplan — at least until the sites are operating more reliably, according to consumer guides and community groups.