Sebelius: These ObamaCare glitches are “a great problem to have”

posted at 4:01 pm on October 1, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

It’s Day One of ObamaCare, and — as predicted — the brand-new online insurance exchanges are off to a bumpy start across the country with technological glitches galore. Never fear, however; the Obama administration is here to blithely assure us all that these small and completely surmountable errors will be fixed within a mere matter of hours, via Reuters:

Unexpectedly high Internet traffic volumes spawned delays on the first day of operations for federally operated Obamacare health insurance marketplaces, but the problems would be resolved within hours, an official said on Tuesday.

The official said the online system set up to serve uninsured consumers in 36 U.S. states was functioning but that slow speeds and problems loading pages were due to high volumes. “We expect to resolve these issues in the coming hours,” the official said.

Yeah… Color me somewhat skeptical that all of the technological, financial, and security problems are going to be fixed in short order. I’d wager that they’re only going to begin to emerge with more severity as the days and the weeks roll by, but obviously, the Obama administration needs to put on its bullish face. They really, really need people to keep getting on their computers to try and sign up, so it’s smiling faces all around, via the WFB:

We’re thrilled that this day has finally come. The president signed the health care bill in March of 2010, and we have now — implementing the final piece of the puzzle, which is to provide affordable coverage for about the fifteen percent of Americans who either don’t have health care at all or are in and out of the so-called individual market and basically at the mercy of insurance companies. They’ll now be able to choose between private insurance plans who have to compete for their business based on service and based on price. Healthcare.gov has plans side-by-side, families can figure out what works within their own budget and figure out what kind of financial help they may qualify for and make a great choice about health security for the first time ever. So, we have had a few slowdowns, a few glitches, but it’s sort of a great problem to have. It’s based on the fact that the volume has been so high and the interest is so high. We’re working quickly to fix that.

Hmm. On some level, yes — it is true that at least the technological problems of the wildly rushed online exchanges will eventually get fixed and start running smoothly… but what about ObamaCare itself? The fact that a supposedly encouraging number of people showed up today to try things out today is really only encouraging if enough of the right people showed up.

As Secretary Sebelius is plenty well aware, if the 1 million people HHS says have already visited the new website in the past day only consist of the people most in need of care — i.e., the people with the highest probable interest in the program and not the young, healthy, and much less costly individuals the administration also needs to sign up en masse — then high volume could very well mean the eventual and dreaded “death spiral” scenario in which the system is too overloaded with expensive participants and not enough healthy people to balance out their costs.

The administration is very, very worried about this, as evidenced by their own desperate media campaign directed at young people, and they know that a high volume of visitors in and of itself isn’t necessarily the good thing that it seems to be on its face.


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I. AM. THE. QUEEN. OF. DEATH.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

22044 on October 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM

The Federal Government, making the private sector look good since the New Deal.

Oil Can on October 1, 2013 at 4:07 PM

This nasty, vile, witch was too much even for lucifer. She’s been sent up to make all our lives miserable.

He does not miss her.

acyl72 on October 1, 2013 at 4:09 PM

I guess if you told the Daily Kos crowd in 2007 that there would be technical glitches in America’s new socialized medicine system in 6 years, they would agree that it would be a great problem to have.

HitNRun on October 1, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Nurse Ratched is horrific.

I can’t even see her picture.

Your Goofball in Chief

Note to this entire admin. A platinum-sprayed horseturd wreath is still full of shit.

Schadenfreude on October 1, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Kinda like your dead friend Tiller the Baby Killer and his blood money.
Go to hell.

RovesChins on October 1, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Linkie here

Schadenfreude on October 1, 2013 at 4:12 PM

The young and healthy goes there and see what the cost is… go back to being uninsured.

watertown on October 1, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Yes, the first death panel didn’t work. So they just removed the feeding tube.

Oil Can on October 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM

The Gov will also be excited to start rationing life saving procedures, provide coverage based on religious and political status and will also hand out free Obamaphone at your first visit to the abortion mills.

patman77 on October 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Sebelius: These ObamaCare glitches are “a great problem to have”

Sebelius is as happy as a pig in mud. But it’s still a pig, and it’s still mud.

/paraphrasing Obama’s “lipstick on a pig” slam of Palin

Paul-Cincy on October 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Incompetence and lousy planning are awesome!

- The Obama Clown Train

fogw on October 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM

It would be a great problem to have, if only one could create an account for ohio. Guess the feds didn’t bother to check the account creation process. LOL the massive incompetence on display.

stephana on October 1, 2013 at 4:14 PM

When you call or go to any other health insurance company.
They make you go to the exchange first.
Since that is not working they cannot give you a price and cannot start the process.

Government is not serving the people.

What happens if they cannot get these problems cleared up before the “enrollment”
period ends?

I am pretty sure the IRS won’t extend the time needed to pay your fine.

redguy on October 1, 2013 at 4:14 PM

DNS attacks?

Charlemagne on October 1, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Your Goofball in Chief

Note to this entire admin. A platinum-sprayed horseturd wreath is still full of shit.

Schadenfreude on October 1, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Error 404 – Not Found

OmahaConservative on October 1, 2013 at 4:15 PM

then high volume could very well mean the dreaded “death spiral” scenario in which the system is overloaded with expensive participants and not enough healthy people to balance out the costs

I’m sure the younger crowd will sign up en masse within the next week to subsidize the costly plans. It will ‘only’ require a few hundred healthy applicants for every one pre-existing condition, right?

*snicker*

VibrioCocci on October 1, 2013 at 4:15 PM

This woman is an absolute moron.

rplat on October 1, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Heckuva job Kathleen

We have it on tape

cmsinaz on October 1, 2013 at 4:16 PM

From where did this DITZ originate, Pluto? (and not the cartoon doggie)..

DC on October 1, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Then again, maybe it WAS Pluto, the cartoon doggie..

DC on October 1, 2013 at 4:18 PM

What’s with the excerpts from “1984″?

Oh, wait…

mankai on October 1, 2013 at 4:18 PM

“…The president signed the health care bill in March of 2010, and we have now — implementing the final piece of the puzzle,…”

Yeah, you got that right Sibi…it’s a BIG puzzle.

timberline on October 1, 2013 at 4:19 PM

There is still No Way to create an account in FL and that’s not some glitch caused by high traffice. This “woman” is a moron.

BeachBum on October 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

As Sebelius is plenty well aware, if the 1 million people HHS says have already visited the new website in the past day only consist of the people most in need of care — i.e., the people with the highest probable interest in the program and not the young, healthy, and much less costly individuals the administration also needs to sign up en masse — then high volume could very well mean the dreaded “death spiral” scenario in which the system is overloaded with expensive participants and not enough healthy people to balance out the costs.

But how many of those 1 million visitors actually enrolled? And how many went away unable to, and now are bad-mouthing Obamacare to their co-workers and friends?

Checks by Reuters of the exchanges at midday turned up error messages or traffic overload notices for most of the federally-run exchange sites. One frequently observed glitch involved a page asking the user to answer security questions that either went blank or would not accept new data.

That sort of thing frustrates and terrifies older users, who may feel too intimidated to return. Younger users– won’t bother. Not even Windows is that buggy.

Obamacare was supposed to insure the 30 million uninsured, and the big goal is to enroll fewer than a quarter of that number? Of course, the CBO already estimated that under Obamacare, fully implemented, 30 million will remain uninsured. Maybe a different 30 million.

de rigueur on October 1, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Sebelius: These ObamaCare glitches are “a great problem to have”

.
Yea! We have guaranteed jobs for the next twenty years as we design, field, and then redesign technical fixes to this buggy piece of crap Obamacare Website!
.
Screw the serfs, we have government jobs now!

LincolntheHun on October 1, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Apple had similar problems with the first upgrade of iOS on iPhones. Jobs did not think it was a “good problem”. He was furious and I have to assume the people responsible feared for their jobs. Even then it took Apple a couple more turns of the upgrade crank to get it right. Anyone with a clue could have seen this coming a mile away. Kathleen isn’t just putting lipstick on the pig, she’s dousing it with perfume.

wkh on October 1, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Reminds me of Pee Wee Herman… Screw up on line? We meant to do that…

sandee on October 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Wow. A flood of people looking for free sh**. Didn’t see that coming.

runningpundit on October 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Tiller the Killer’s patron said what?
///

annoyinglittletwerp on October 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM

She is Evil incarnate…

OmahaConservative on October 1, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Sure, Cruella…

Meanwhile, 25% Of Americans Would Rather Pay ACA Fine Than Get Insurance.

Resist We Much on October 1, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Meh. I wonder if Mittens had the same thought on election day when ORCA cratered?

socalcon on October 1, 2013 at 4:29 PM

‘These bugs are really features not bugs.’

- Curella Sebelius

Resist We Much on October 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Jeff Saperstone ✔ @JeffSaperstone
#CT health exchange stats so far: 11K visitors to site, 700 calls and 24 enrolled. @AccessHealthCT @NBCConnecticut #ACA

What if 11,000 people showed up and only 24 enrolled? And Connecticut is the one that’s WORKING!

UnderstandingisPower on October 1, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Wow….. they are officially da Pee Wee Herman administration

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJXU7EVXs2A

I’s gots ta gits me 1 O dem Harvvvvvvvard Deeeeeegreees like Barry

roflmmfao

donabernathy on October 1, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Just think, a company with 3 years time, unlimited money, top IT techs and still not being able to launch a website.

Only the government could get away with this.

Barred on October 1, 2013 at 4:34 PM

- The Obama Clown Train-Wreck.

fogw on October 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM

fify.

Sterling Holobyte on October 1, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Speaking of delusional leftist broads

Schadenfreude on October 1, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Dick Army (R-TX, retired RINO) is on Cavuto calling the republicans in the house a bunch of idiots.

And we wonder why we lose all the time.

Shut up. Just shut up!

fogw on October 1, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Fell off her broom. Bummer. Halloween’s coming up.

NoPain on October 1, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Patrick Reis ‏@Patrick_C_Reis 2h

Re-upping this story on how to judge Obamacare (hint: it’s not by opening day web traffic)
Retweeted by Sarah Kliff

Sarah Kliff ‏@sarahkliff 20m

HHS says people have enrolled both in the state and federal marketplaces. Won’t tell us how many.
Expand

MontanaMmmm on October 1, 2013 at 4:40 PM

15% of the nation was at the mercy of insurance companies ?? Oh, the humanity !!!
Now the entire country is at the mercy of this one freaking woman.
Leftthink.

Another good one from the good Gov …

https://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin/posts/10151903701888588

pambi on October 1, 2013 at 4:40 PM

But how many of those 1 million visitors actually enrolled?
de rigueur on October 1, 2013 at 4:23 PM

I went there, just to see if the site worked. It did. I didn’t enroll though. And don’t plan to,

B

ut how many of those 1 million visitors actually enrolled? And how many went away unable to, and now are bad-mouthing Obamacare to their co-workers and friends?

de rigueur on October 1, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Hopefully… millions.

Sterling Holobyte on October 1, 2013 at 4:41 PM

And when Johnny American finally gets on the website and completes his application, he finds out the cheapest plan will cost him at least 100 bucks/month even after the subsidy, make him spend $4K before coverage starts, AND then only pay 60% of the bill.

You voted for this crap, America. Now eat it.

Common Sense Floridian on October 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM

100 unintended consequences of obama’care’.

Schadenfreude on October 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM

So who’s not tying up servers trying to sign up for Obamacare?

How about the people it was supposed to help most.. The truly poor. You know, the people who don’t have internet access at home, if they have a home, much less a computer.

taznar on October 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM

How do I get my pound of flesh in this racket?

rickyricardo on October 1, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Dick Army (R-TX, retired RINO) is on Cavuto calling the republicans in the house a bunch of idiots.

And we wonder why we lose all the time.

Shut up. Just shut up!

fogw on October 1, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Saw Pete King doing the same thing last night. He was mostly blaming Ted Cruz for the shutdown.
Some in the GOP just don’t get that we are sick of this out-of-control administration running roughshod over our freedoms and trampling our constitution and are not going to take it anymore, and that Senators like Cruz are the only ones with some backbone, which the GOP sorely needs.
Instead of blaming someone who actually has a spine, why don’t you fight the real enemy, Mr. King?!

Sterling Holobyte on October 1, 2013 at 4:51 PM

This woman is clinically Retarded.

ToddPA on October 1, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Another down is up, up is down moment in the Great Oct. 1 Debacle

http://www.tpnn.com/jay-carney-lies-again-says-republicans-designed-obamacare/

Guess who Jay Carney said designed Obamacare yesterday?

I have learned that with “low information” voters and a willingness to lie about whatever and whenever by your whole entire staff, you can make reality be anything you so choose!

UnderstandingisPower on October 1, 2013 at 4:57 PM

How do I get my pound of flesh in this racket?

rickyricardo on October 1, 2013 at 4:43 PM

You could probably put up a card table and chair in your front yard. “Free Health Care – $100″ you’d get a few people….

Or set it up in the front yard of a foreclosed home. “Free Room, Board, and Health Care – $100″.

oldroy on October 1, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Wow, the spin is stupefying.

Ward Cleaver on October 1, 2013 at 4:58 PM

This woman can’t kick off to the eternal fires of gehenna fast enough.

Murphy9 on October 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM

You could probably put up a card table and chair in your front yard. “Free Health Care – $100″ you’d get a few people….

You can bet your bottom dollar that the scam artists are at the ready with this one, and it won’t even be hard. Just name the website something comparable. Make it work so you can submit your info and your payment, and voila!

Just watch. It will happen.

UnderstandingisPower on October 1, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Folks, I expect that Field Marshal Sebelius knew the exchanges were far from ready, but they were faced with a choice, either admit they failed to meet the deadline, or release what they had and take their lumps on ‘glitches’.

With the former of course, comes a bloody screaming session with ValJar, so that was out.

slickwillie2001 on October 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

This woman can’t kick off to the eternal fires of gehenna fast enough.

Murphy9 on October 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Do you ever see her on TV when verbalsloopy is posting?

oldroy on October 1, 2013 at 5:04 PM

The ABC affiliate here in Dallas (WFAA) has been pimping OCare mercilessly lately, and last night they were practically orgasmic about the exchanges open today. The thing is, the ones here in Texas were set up by the Feds (since Rick Perry wouldn’t sign on), so they may not even be legal.

Ward Cleaver on October 1, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Stop complaining about these types of issues.

Obamacare is still bad for this country even if all of these issues are fixed in a month. Let’s not give anyone the luxury of being able to brag about fixed glitches in a the future.

blink on October 1, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Oh. They can’t hide the costs too much longer. They can hide the service portion of it ’til next year.

oldroy on October 1, 2013 at 5:07 PM

and not enough healthy people to balance out their costs.

Hummm…$1800 dollar annual premium or $95 penalty +keep my $1000 a yr all inclusive smart phone plan—let me think about this while I wait in line for my unempl bennies…

Sincerely,
20 yr olds across America

hillsoftx on October 1, 2013 at 5:11 PM

So, being generous, if 100 per day are able to sign up in each state. It should only take a 1000 business days to get 5 million subscribers nationwide.

oldroy on October 1, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Sebelius will be the last thing verbaluce thinks about before he falls asleep tonight with a smile.

Chuck Schick on October 1, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Oh. They can’t hide the costs too much longer.
oldroy on October 1, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Nor can they hide the fabulous in network provider lists associated with the plans offered.

bazil9 on October 1, 2013 at 5:14 PM

I’m reminded of a time about 20 years ago when I worked with the General Clinical Research Center. The purpose of the GCRC was to help develop and analyze clinical trials. The NIH had funded a software program called PROPHET to do the statistical analysis.

Now there were some very good commercial programs out there like SAS, BMP, Minitab, Stata, etc. but no, the government had to have PROPHET because it would “integrate” with the NIH reporting needs.

That POS never worked correctly and half of the annual conference was spent on training GCRC manager to use that POS. I remember one conference when the BIG news was that PROPHET was going to have a graphical interface (something that commercial packages had had for only 3 years or so). Well that was the clunkiest GUI ever.

You see, the big difference between PROPHET and those commercial packages was not the people developing the software, it was the fact that the commercial packages would GO OUT OF BUSINESS if they failed to work and everyone involved with it would get fired. However the people who developed PROPHET didn’t have to worry when their software failed to work.

Wake me when someone gets fired for the ObamaCare screw-up.

I’ll be sleeping a looooong time.

PackerBronco on October 1, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Why didn’t they host it on Amazon with automatic scaling?

munseym on October 1, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Sebelius: “It’s a feature, not a bug….”

Nothing like happy, helpful, smiling fascists to make the day go by better…. ‘We’re from the government, and we’re here to help…’

Besides, it’s not how many visit, it’s how many actually buy….

Athos on October 1, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Never fear, Kathy Bates is here.

BKeyser on October 1, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Sebelius is a stark raving lunatic.

sadatoni on October 1, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Great point made by Erickson re the furloughed non-essential workers: “for the first time, democratics are showing concern for the unemployed.”

slickwillie2001 on October 1, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Her Highness of Health Care would have a smile plastered on her face even if every ObamaCare mainframe was on fire and melting.

GarandFan on October 1, 2013 at 5:41 PM

I cringe every time I see photos of that witch Kathleen Sebelius.

bluegill on October 1, 2013 at 5:42 PM

I. AM. THE. QUEEN. OF. DEATH.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

22044 on October 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Sebelius has never been right in the head ever since that 12-year-old girl managed to live despite her best efforts to kill the child. Sebelius stood up from her throne, gave the thumbs down like some Roman emperor, and yet the child was spared.

You Catholics must be so proud that one of your own is defending the culture of life. Congrats or something.

Happy Nomad on October 1, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Sebelius has never been right in the head ever since that 12-year-old girl managed to live despite her best efforts to kill the child. Sebelius stood up from her throne, gave the thumbs down like some Roman emperor, and yet the child was spared.

You Catholics must be so proud that one of your own is defending the culture of life. Congrats or something.

Happy Nomad on October 1, 2013 at 5:45 PM

In his little rant today, the REB listed off ‘dire predictions made by the Republicans that have not come to be’. He said “there are no death panels.”

slickwillie2001 on October 1, 2013 at 5:56 PM

it is true that at least the technological problems of the wildly rushed online exchanges will eventually get fixed and start running smoothly

The security issues will never go away. And that should terrify anyone. All of this is available online, with direct access to some of your most personal data.

And the government has shown that they’ll never abuse your private data, nor allow someone else to abuse it.

[insert eye roll here]

Chris of Rights on October 1, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Sebelius has never been right in the head ever since that 12-year-old girl managed to live despite her best efforts to kill the child. Sebelius stood up from her throne, gave the thumbs down like some Roman emperor, and yet the child was spared.

You Catholics must be so proud that one of your own is defending the culture of life. Congrats or something.

Happy Nomad on October 1, 2013 at 5:45 PM

I’m not Catholic, but I have a hunch that Catholics who see your comment would quickly disavow this ghoul.

22044 on October 1, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Can Sebelius be held accountable, under the law, for any HIPAA violations her exchanges experience?

Athos on October 1, 2013 at 6:11 PM

This woman is an absolute moron.
rplat on October 1, 2013 at 4:15 PM

No, she’s not. Morons aren’t evil; just not smart.

Cleombrotus on October 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM

In his little rant today, the REB listed off ‘dire predictions made by the Republicans that have not come to be’. He said “there are no death panels.”

slickwillie2001 on October 1, 2013 at 5:56 PM

I’m sure he muttered “yet” under his breath. There are no death panels yet. Which is why the HHS secretary had to act as executioner in the case of that 12-year-old girl.

Happy Nomad on October 1, 2013 at 7:16 PM

I’m not Catholic, but I have a hunch that Catholics who see your comment would quickly disavow this ghoul.

22044 on October 1, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Doesn’t matter. She’s a Papist. And even she isn’t excommunicated for her sins. Which is why I have serious problems with the Roman Catholic Church when it comes to tenets of faith. Even the evil are essentially allowed to particpate in the sacraments and are told that they will be saved. Just so long as the “right” faith baptised them.

Happy Nomad on October 1, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Still can’t get on in NJ. However, two days ago, before the glitches I was able to access the website. I can’t remember the exact figure, but I was very grateful for our employer coverage. I can’t wait til the glitches go away and peeps can see how affordable Ocare is (not) going to be!

ctmom on October 1, 2013 at 7:44 PM

With all the obvious Obamacare problems, we wonder if Sebelius is starting to pack her things to return to Kansas, whence she came? Terrible, unwanted healthcare scam we did not want or need.

Amazingoly on October 1, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Sebelius extorted money from the companies she ‘oversees’ and spent that money on Obamacare, which is Un-Constitutional / Illegal. The US govt can only spend money collected via taxes. She should have AT THE VERY LEAST been Censured….but of course there is no accountability within the Obama administration.

easyt65 on October 2, 2013 at 8:29 AM