Quite obviously it’s a product in such high demand. Well, not really, but let’s play along for laughs.
Can ObamaCare’s website handle the crush?
That’s the question that will be answered in the next few days before the March 31 enrollment deadline for the healthcare exchanges.
The Obama administration is expecting a spike in traffic to the healthcare site and has boosted Healthcare.gov’s capacity to be prepared for an onslaught of visitors.
Some estimate as many as 500,000 people will rush to sign up for insurance in the final days of the open enrollment period.
Julie Bataille, communications director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), said the administration is “expecting … a period of unprecedented demand.”
The lead up to Monday’s deadline will be a test of how the website has improved since last October, when the site’s technical difficulties and high traffic took it offline more than half of the time, stymieing those looking to register for the mandated health insurance plans.
On the upside if you’ve even contemplated buying this junk insurance you now have until 2099 to sign up.
Kurt DelBene, a former Microsoft executive picked to take the reins on Healthcare.gov late last year, said the administration has made upgrades to its system so that the website can handle 100,000 concurrent users.
Additionally, the website now has a “queuing” system aimed at solving the site’s traffic problems. Through that system, users who leave the site due to high traffic and technical difficulties are notified when traffic has subsided and the site is easier to use.
“We feel like we’re in a very good position to support the user demand that we anticipate for March 31.”
DelBene said that after the technical upgrades, “the site is performing well.”
Famous last words.