Administration shutting down Healthcare.gov applications this weekend

posted at 7:21 pm on October 4, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

And no, it is not part of their absurd and out-of-the-way campaign to hang the “gone fishin’ because of Republican malfeasance” sign across the homepage of every government website they can possibly think of — although I have no doubt that the Obama administration is perfectly content to let anyone and everyone think that the government shutdown is the reason. Via HuffPo:

The federal government will take down a critical part of HealthCare.gov, the Obamacare web portal, for a portion of the coming weekend as programmers feverishly work to fix major glitches that are impeding enrollment and marring the debut of the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law. …

The administration will not allow users to fill out applications for coverage on HealthCare.gov during part of the weekend, allowing programmers to write fixes to the website without also fielding visitors, the Department of Health and Human Services announced late Friday.

“To make further improvements to the system, we will be taking down the application part of the website for scheduled maintenance during off-peak hours over the weekend. The enhancements we are making will enable more simultaneous users to successfully create an account and move through the application and plan shopping process,” reads a press release issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Friday. “We expect that Monday, less than a week after the Marketplace opening, there will be significant improvements in the online consumer experience.” The telephone call center will remain open, the department announced.

The real reason, of course, is the many stories about the prohibitive number of “glitches” the ObamaCare portal and its various blue-state brethren are experiencing to which the administration would rather not draw attention.

More than 8.6 million unique visitors have visited the site since Tuesday, HHS proudly informs us — but how many of those 8.6 million visitors have had any success so far? Ahem:

It’s a batting average that won’t land the federal marketplace for Obamacare into the Healthcare Hall of Fame.

As few as 1 in 100 applications on the federal exchange contains enough information to enroll the applicant in a plan, several insurance industry sources told CNBC on Friday. Some of the problems involve how the exchange’s software collects and verifies an applicant’s data.

“It is extraordinary that these systems weren’t ready,” said Sumit Nijhawan, CEO of Infogix, which handles data integrity issues for major insurers including WellPoint and Cigna, as well as multiple Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates.

Experts said that if Healthcare.gov‘s success rate doesn’t improve within the next month or so, federal officials could face a situation in January in which relatively large numbers of people believe they have coverage starting that month, but whose enrollment applications are have not been processed.


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Question:
How many actual paying customers are needed to keep the system afloat?

rob verdi on October 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

If every man, woman, and child on the planet were to enroll, it would be 2142 before global population reached the required break-even number.

In other words, it will always be a massive drain sucking up trillions of dollars and degrading healthcare for all

Rod on October 4, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Yeah that’s the ticket. Take it down over the weekend so that working stuffs can’t get around to it with some downtime to spare. Lol and LIB.

AH_C on October 4, 2013 at 10:41 PM

http://www.reuters.com/article/comments/idUSBRE99312620131004

“He said because so much traffic was going back and forth between the users’ computers and the server hosting the government website, it was as if the system was attacking itself.

Hancock described the situation as similar to what happens when hackers conduct a distributed denial of service, or DDOS, attack on a website: they get large numbers of computers to simultaneously request information from the server that runs a website, overwhelming it and causing it to crash or otherwise stumble. “The site basically DDOS’d itself,” he said.”

LibertyJane on October 4, 2013 at 10:45 PM

He said because so much traffic was going back and forth between the users’ computers and the server hosting the government website, it was as if the system was attacking itself.

Hancock described the situation as similar to what happens when hackers conduct a distributed denial of service, or DDOS, attack on a website: they get large numbers of computers to simultaneously request information from the server that runs a website, overwhelming it and causing it to crash or otherwise stumble. “The site basically DDOS’d itself,” he said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/04/us-usa-healthcare-technology-technology-idUSBRE99312620131004

LibertyJane on October 4, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Did these arrogant bastiges just put this out with no testing?
predator on October 4, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Geez. Give them a break. They said the bill needed to be passed to see what was in it. Now they just need to start the damn thing up to see if it actually works!

Rod on October 4, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Geez. Give them a break. They said the bill needed to be passed to see what was in it. Now they just need to start the damn thing up to see if it actually works!

Rod on October 4, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Exactly! Did you somehow imagine that they themselves knew what was in the bill before it was passed? Silly.

Ukiah on October 4, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Did you know that 92 files and plugins are loaded onto users computer when they go to sign up for obamacare, http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/10/04/us-usa-healthcare-technology-technology-idUKBRE99312620131004

ConservativePartyNow on October 4, 2013 at 11:39 PM

ConservativePartyNow,the whole thing sounds to me like a way to track voters and register them as Dems–and of course to track the GOP or tea party “enemy” and turn him in to the IRS for harassment. Actual health care is a secondary goal.

PattyJ on October 4, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Not one person has been able to sign in California. http://youtu.be/mhKmlsRyekQ

ConservativePartyNow on October 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM

I suspect that during the 2014 elections, we’ll be hearing MOSTLY about Obamacare. And the site will still not be worth Raves.

bigmike on October 5, 2013 at 12:34 AM

They said the bill needed to be passed to see what was in it. Now they just need to start the damn thing up to see if it actually works!

Rod on October 4, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Indeed.

AesopFan on October 5, 2013 at 12:37 AM

So the mere mention of a health care delay by the GOP set off a wild frenzy in the WH, complete with name calling and back biting andbickering and now the WH wants to delay? Lock it up like the WWII Museum! Only don’t bring it back. What a joke. They can’t even test out their software before opening it up and they want to be in charge of health care. God help us.

scalleywag on October 5, 2013 at 10:01 AM

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