Oops: Back-up System Activates for HealthCare.gov With Lower Traffic Than Expected

Posted by on Dec 02, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Well, there you go, another glitch. The Obama clown show continues full-speed ahead.

A back-up system was deployed for HealthCare.gov on Monday at a lower traffic rate than federal officials projected, signaling there could be further trouble with the system.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) acknowledged that the site’s try-again-later system was initiated as roughly 35,000 users tried to access HealthCare.gov at the same time.

CMS had previously said the back-up system would be used only when HealthCare.gov was coping with 50,000 simultaneous visitors.

Officials said the decision came in response to a slight rise in error rates and response times across the site. CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille sought to downplay the move, suggesting it was unrelated to the site’s overall functionality.

HealthCare.gov is coping with a wave of traffic that is roughly double what the site has seen on a typical Monday, according to CMS. User interest is expected to go up further this month as people seek to purchase plans that begin Jan. 1.

Reports of the site’s functionality were mixed. Some users appeared able to access the system for the first time since it launched on Oct. 1, while others remained bogged down in technical glitches.

So 35,000 is some heavy traffic, huh?

ObamaCare’s federal enrollment website debuted an expanded window shopping feature Monday as officials sought to cope with heavy traffic and ongoing errors within the system.

Visitors to HealthCare.gov can now access a variety of details about potential health plans that were previously not available to users who had not created an account.

And w’re just positive the regular and backup sites are working smoothly, huh? To conclude this trifecta of incompetence, welcome Jay Carney to the festivities.

White House press secretary Jay Carney sidestepped questions Monday about whether the president has signed up for health insurance under ObamaCare.

“I know that he will and has said that he will, the White House has said that he will, but I don’t have an update,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Monday.

Asked what the president was waiting for — and whether his attempt to enroll in the exchange would be open to members of the press — Carney laughed.

“I’ll get back to you,” he said.

ObamaCare, so awesome even Obama won’t sign up for it. Must be tired from all that golf and fundraising.

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