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via Breitbart

Like a flaming Chevy Volt brought back to the shop for repairs, the Obamacare federal health insurance exchange website has now been recalled. The application part of the site, healthcare.gov, will be taken down during off-hours over the weekend, and will be unavailable for public use – which does not truly differentiate it from its current status.

The Obamacare launch has been nothing short of disastrous for the Obama administration, particularly given the supposed urgency of implementing Obamacare that President Obama has claimed as the rationale for refusal to negotiate over the government shutdown. On September 27, CBS News reported, “Obamacare’s success may hinge on a website.” By October 4, even Obama acolytes like the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas labeled healthcare.gov “really bad.” They wrote, “the Obama administration doesn’t have a basically working product that would be improved by a software update. They have a Web site that almost nobody has been able to successfully use. If Apple launched a major new product that functioned as badly as Obamacare’s online insurance marketplace, the tech world would be calling for Tim Cook’s head.”

The Obamacare website’s launch was so poor that Sarah Kliff of the Post similarly reported that the media was struggling to find anyone who had been able to enroll in Obamacare. “We’re told they do exist and are indeed real people,” she wrote. On Friday, Kliff believed she had discovered such a person: one Chad Henderson. There was only one problem, as Kliff later learned: Henderson was an Organizing for Action volunteer, and never enrolled at all. She lamented, “I spoke with Chad over the phone about this situation. He told me that he has indeed not purchased coverage but doesn’t believe he was lying. He said he told reporters that he completed an application for coverage and knows what plan he would like to purchase, but has not, as of yet, enrolled in that insurance plan.”
No number of repairs will be able to fix Obamacare. The website is the least of Americans’ worries.



  1. For the non-tech-savvy (which is probably most of you), let me break it down for you. What happened to healthcare.gov is what's called the Slashdot Effect. It derives its name from the popular tech news website Slashdot. When a link is posted there, it can become extremely popular, sending a lot of traffic to it in a short period of time. If the website is unprepared for this traffic, it often slows down or goes down completely. Upgrades are then needed to handle the traffic.

    So, basically, what happened is, a lot of people wanted to access healthcare.gov at the same time – thus proving that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is more popular than they were expecting it to be. Taking it down over the weekend to beef up the server's load capability isn't unusual, and is by no means a sign of failure. If anything, the fact that it attracted so much traffic is a testament to its popularity.

    Sorry, folks, but at this point, you're just grasping at straws…

  2. Gee, Eric, you sound really smart. So maybe you can explain to us dumb rubes why a website that had years of planning, millions (maybe billions?) of taxpayer dollars, and the President of the United States hyping it for the better part of half a decade, actually can't operate at full capacity? Was it because that website was not expected to handle a lot of traffic from the millions of dumb rubes like me who are now required to buy health insurance from it? You know, a website built by the federal gov't?

    Just wondering. From one of those non-tech savvy dolts who can build a WordPress site for about fifty bucks and get it to make a few hundred in a matter of weeks.

    I'll wait. Because, again, you're such a smart guy, like every other Obamacare supporter I've ever met.

  3. high traffic in no way indicates satisfaction with the ACA. There is only one way the people who must by health insurance in the 36 states that did not set up their own exchanges can find out what their options are, and that is to visit healthcare.gov.
    Once they finally get to see their plan selection, not all have been pleased.

  4. Wow I feel so much better you explained to me , gosh your soooooooo smart!……………………………..for a moron

  5. Wow, Eric! "If the website is unprepared for this traffic?" (Way, way too funny!) But thank you for your genius explanation…..I'll take that into consideration………hehe

  6. No double there was some degree of /. effect, but there is no excuse that, after years of planning, they didn't expect the traffic. Just another typical government operation. I visited the site myself, but have no intention of buying insurance there. I'm sure many others did the same thing.