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

The truth of the matter….this is going just as planned

This was set up to fail from the beginning…this isn’t incompetence…Obama and Co. continues to manufacture more crisis

LordMaximus on October 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Why haven’t we furloughed the programmers?

Vanceone on October 4, 2013 at 7:29 PM

You can bet the numbers are terrible or Dear Leader would be blasting the numbers on every State Run Media outlet.

d1carter on October 4, 2013 at 7:29 PM

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

oxymoron.

glitch (n) [ glich ]
1. small problem: a minor hitch or technical problem

Lost in Jersey on October 4, 2013 at 7:29 PM

The truth of the matter….this is going just as planned

This was set up to fail from the beginning…this isn’t incompetence…Obama and Co. continues to manufacture more crisis

LordMaximus on October 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Winner winner, chicken dinner.

bgibbs1000 on October 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Did they do it with barrycades and bailing wire?

oldroy on October 4, 2013 at 7:31 PM

As few as 1 in 100 applications

Damn 1%ers!

hillsoftx on October 4, 2013 at 7:31 PM

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.

……3 years weren’t enough?…were they government employees ….or contract employees?

KOOLAID2 on October 4, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Obamacare – shutting down for the weekend because the identity theft system wasn’t transferring the data fast enough.

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:32 PM

They only had three years to get it right…

Murphy9 on October 4, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Are they going to give out some “major awards” for “major glitches”? I’d say the lamp from “A Christmas Story” is in order here.

oldroy on October 4, 2013 at 7:33 PM

They only had three years to get it right…

Murphy9 on October 4, 2013 at 7:32 PM

… but one more weekend should do the trick.

Lost in Jersey on October 4, 2013 at 7:33 PM

To make further improvements to the system, we will be taking down the application part of the website for scheduled maintenance

6 days into going live with 3.5 years prep and we have SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE?

hillsoftx on October 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

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.

Imagine these folks going to the doctor and finding out they don’t have insurance.

Bitter Clinger on October 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Out: 24/7

In: BBS

Dusty on October 4, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Out with gold, silver, bronze–in with Unicorn, Rainbows and Skittles plans…

hillsoftx on October 4, 2013 at 7:35 PM

*sad trombone*

Dack Thrombosis on October 4, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Wouldn’t the weekend be when you would want it up?

gophergirl on October 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM

When the company I work for puts out a new product or adds a new customer we run test jobs with parallel data to make sure the damn thing works before we put it into production.

Did these arrogant bastiges just put this out with no testing?

predator on October 4, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Everything this president does is a complete effing fiasco. He’s lapped Carter about a dozen times.

nico on October 4, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Wouldn’t the weekend be when you would want it up?

gophergirl on October 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Define “it.”

*ducks*

predator on October 4, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Glitches, yeah right, total BS. The Fed site that handles Florida has yet to even let 1 person create an account. That’s not a glitch, that’s either an epic fail or it was never ready in the first place.

BeachBum on October 4, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Everything this president does is a complete effing fiasco. He’s lapped Carter about a dozen times.

nico on October 4, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Carter still has the edge in the number of vanquished rabbit savages.

predator on October 4, 2013 at 7:40 PM

How can they take down something that has never been up?

bopbottle on October 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Why have to go to just the government website? If you are buying health insurance online, why not be able to buy it across state lines? It’s the internet, there shouldn’t be any arbitrary boundaries.

monalisa on October 4, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Next question: How will we know when it goes down? How will we know if it comes back up?

Does anyone believe two to three hours will miraculously fix all the flaws?

So, what’s the betting pool? How long will it be down?

My guess: at least until January before we get something resembling usable. And secure.

I might be an optimist.

Vanceone on October 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Chad Henderson staying in Lincoln Bedroom this weekend. Who might visit late at night?

BHO Jonestown on October 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

I think we’re being pranked in one big phishing scam by a bunch of Kenyan “millionaires”.

jdpaz on October 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

I’m not sure how Anyone could say a site had been “up” when you can’t even get past the Glitch of creating an account. I used to be a programmer and there is no way you would launch your system if your users couldn’t even get past the sign on screen.

BeachBum on October 4, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Glitches are when a handful of users have errors. This is beyond a glitch.

What will be more fun is to see what is on the inside of it. I but its just a bundle of fun.

Wait until tax time when the IRS has to confirm if you have health care insurance or not… and then its full of bug where it says you dont, or can not tell, delays refunds by weeks ( because things are never a day or two when it comes to the feds )

watertown on October 4, 2013 at 7:45 PM

I love me some California ObamaCare

Sign-ups in single digits!

Rovin on October 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Obama needs a minimum of 2.7 million young, healthy adults to buy their healthcare plan through the government exchange immediately in order to keep it afloat financially.

These same healthy young adults would not have been required to buy any insurance until now. Many will find their premiums to be in excess of $175 per month.

Now this same groups will find it MUCH less expensive to simply pay the fine of less than $90 for not buying insurance under Obamacare this year.

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Obamacare was designed to be an unworkable POS, only to serve as a stepping stone to single payer.

“Whelp, we tried it the free market way, and it failed. We tried it the repub way, and it is a failure. We have no choice but to go single payer.” -Barack Obama Dec 2014.

tdarrington on October 4, 2013 at 7:48 PM

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Evenin’ jackie.

Ya know, I was in my 30s before I ever had health insurance.

predator on October 4, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Next question: How will we know when it goes down? How will we know if it comes back up?

Does anyone believe two to three hours will miraculously fix all the flaws?

So, what’s the betting pool? How long will it be down?

My guess: at least until January before we get something resembling usable. And secure.

I might be an optimist.

Vanceone on October 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

You are an optimist! It will NEVER work! ROFLMAO!!!!

texgal on October 4, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Obamacare – shutting down for the weekend because the identity theft system wasn’t transferring the data fast enough.

ajacksonian on October 4, 2013 at 7:32 PM

This will give the 2,137 IRS agents hired to enforce Obamacare something else to do. /

PatriotGal2257 on October 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Jason Vorhees gave up after they demanded an email address to send an activation link to. +1 unique visitor.

astonerii on October 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM

I’ll bet O is seething over this failure by the IT department, as any CEO would. The difference is, this is the closest he’s ever been to a real job, with actual accountability attached.

VastRightWingConspirator on October 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Again. I’ve built complex sites worklow-database connected sites. Every one is different. But every thing I’ve built, long before I’ve gone live, I’ve sat with my wife and neighbors and my old computer phobic parents and let them wreck my dreams, and then I fixed the problems. But after my internal tests, I’ve run real live customers through. Want to learn about what the customer needs? Talk to a customer.

oldroy on October 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM

We are from the government and we are here to help make your life a living hell.

tommer74 on October 4, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Obama sitting for photographic portrait during government shutdown

Portrait of a petty dictator.

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2013 at 7:50 PM

predator on October 4, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Yeah left the door wide open for that one didn’t I ;)

gophergirl on October 4, 2013 at 7:51 PM

as any CEO would

Except the rat eared jerk is NO CEO!

texgal on October 4, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Now this same groups will find it MUCH less expensive to simply pay the fine of less than $90 for not buying insurance under Obamacare this year.

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

The whole point of this is to get the $. How they get it is inconsequential to these crooks.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 4, 2013 at 7:52 PM

days into going live with 3.5 years prep and we have SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE?

hillsoftx on October 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Just the other day the lazy stupid President compared Obamacare enrollment glitches to Apple. I don’t recall Apple ever telling its customers that they were going to be taking down everybody’s I-Pads and I-Phones to correct glitches.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Some of the problems involve how the exchange’s software collects and verifies an applicant’s data.

Obviously, they aren’t connected to the NSA servers.

Although, I’m certain the NSA now has a copy of whatever HHA has.

BobMbx on October 4, 2013 at 7:52 PM

gophergirl on October 4, 2013 at 7:51 PM

I ain’t going to say anything about “low-hanging fruit.”

OOPS!

predator on October 4, 2013 at 7:53 PM

days into going live with 3.5 years prep and we have SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE?

hillsoftx on October 4, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I wonder if the next batch of astronauts are paying attention.

BobMbx on October 4, 2013 at 7:54 PM

HHS must be headed into this weekend with mixed feelings about that website maintenance. This week’s story has been all about how it doesn’t work. But what if next week it works only too well, finally allowing users to see how much higher the premiums and deductibles are than anyone expected from free healthcare?

de rigueur on October 4, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Obama sitting for photographic portrait during government shutdown

Portrait of a petty dictator.

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2013 at 7:50 PM

You need a photographic portriat. For the engraver. So that the new Obamabucks can replace all those dead white slaveholders on our current currency.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 7:55 PM

predator on October 4, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Good evening, Predator. :)

I got my health insurance plan through a corporate employer. It was part of the fringe package. Frankly, I viewed it as a waste of money, as being young and healthy, I never used it.

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Hmmm. Dictadollars. Makes sense.

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Hi Jackie. I hope you feel much better :)

———
They really have NO decency.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Wouldn’t the weekend be when you would want it up?

gophergirl on October 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Not when every day is a weekend for the parasites who’ll be signing up …

ShainS on October 4, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Good evening, my friend. :) I’m doing my best. :)

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2013 at 7:58 PM

I wonder if the next batch of astronauts are paying attention.

BobMbx on October 4, 2013 at 7:54 PM

No such thing. Remember the bat-faced snake eater re-purposed NASA to do Mohammedian outreach.

Murphy9 on October 4, 2013 at 7:58 PM

And…
National Park Service produces videos praising Islam

Murphy9 on October 4, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Now this same groups will find it MUCH less expensive to simply pay the fine of less than $90 for not buying insurance under Obamacare this year.

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Since they will be able to get insurance if they have a pre-existing condition, why will they sign up before that. They’ll pay the fine and wait until they get sick and really need insurance before they sign up.

The Left has infinite optimism about how humans will give up their own self-interest in sacrifice for the “greater good.” Of course that has never been successful on a large social scale. Conservatives accept that people will look out for themselves first and use that impulse to make the system work.

Mallard T. Drake on October 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Good to hear.

I was grumpy last night…not even at the left, but rather at some of the critics of the QotD from the right, no humor, no sense for really good sarcasm on the part of the best…plus small/irritating computer glitch with volume…youtube…

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM

And…
National Park Service produces videos praising Islam

Murphy9 on October 4, 2013 at 7:59 PM

They’re proactive.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 8:02 PM

And…
National Park Service produces videos praising Islam

Murphy9 on October 4, 2013 at 7:59 PM

They’re proactive.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Diversity. Inclusiveness. Coexistence. How warm. How touching. *sniff*/

predator on October 4, 2013 at 8:05 PM

This was epic today, beg. here. The very end, or thereabouts has a summation of what happened to sesqui. It vanished after.

Rywall vanished yesterday, after wishing us comfi coffins.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

predator on October 4, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 8:07 PM

You wouldn’t question the ice queen, would you?

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/kathleen-sebelius-obamacare-glitches-a-great-problem-to-have/

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2013 at 8:07 PM

So are these workers

as programmers feverishly work to fix major glitches that are impeding enrollment

now considered “essential” because they weren’t even PART of the government 4 years ago…

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Lolz!

Back at ya.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 8:07 PM

predator on October 4, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Wouldn’t the weekend be when you would want it up?

gophergirl on October 4, 2013 at 7:36 PM

…no…we’re not talking about male democrats!

KOOLAID2 on October 4, 2013 at 8:15 PM

http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/10/04/Chad-Henderson-Claimed-He-Donated-1000-to-Obama-s-Reelection

i knew this guy was a plant…ruse….rube…

going2mars on October 4, 2013 at 8:15 PM

This was epic today, beg. here. The very end, or thereabouts has a summation of what happened to sesqui. It vanished after.

Rywall vanished yesterday, after wishing us comfi coffins.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Fixed link above …

ShainS on October 4, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Is Obamacare’s First Enrollee Bogus?

HACKED! Website Now Selling NFL Jerseys, Ugg Boots, Armani Fragrances…

99% of applications hit wall …

DEAD CAN SIGN UP IN KENTUCKY…

FACEBOOK Page Erupts with Citizens Shocked at Cost of Premiums…

REPORT: Leukemia Patient To Lose Insurance…

‘WARNING: No Explicit or Implicit Expectation of Privacy’…

Drudge

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 8:16 PM

ShainS, thank you.

Schadenfreude on October 4, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Hope and Change.
Win the Future.
Forward.
Please try again!!!!!

Bwaahahhhaahhhaaaahhaaahaaa!

RovesChins on October 4, 2013 at 8:20 PM

What’s truly so hilarious I think most people are giving Obama a pass on this failure…this is the government we are talking about. It was to be expected.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 4, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Fixed link above …

ShainS on October 4, 2013 at 8:15 PM

So the Error404 page wasn’t right? Could have fooled me. I even got the joke.

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2013 at 8:23 PM

The fraud will be massive. Thanks Obama!!

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 4, 2013 at 8:24 PM

DEAD CAN SIGN UP IN KENTUCKY…

That explains the 5.3% that signed up in Kentucky!

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2013 at 8:24 PM

So the Error404 page wasn’t right? Could have fooled me. I even got the joke.

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Heh.

That was my first reaction too …

ShainS on October 4, 2013 at 8:25 PM

…3 years weren’t enough?…were they government employees ….or contract employees?

KOOLAID2 on October 4, 2013 at 7:31 PM

My guess is contractors on an open-ended cost-plus deal.

Adjoran on October 4, 2013 at 8:27 PM

So the parks are closed, the clinics that treat children with cancer are closed, the memorials are closed, FEMA is closed for a hurricane, the National Guard is also closed for the hurricane, the presidents’ signature piece of legislation is melting down, and today’s big news is that Obama went for a walk and got a sandwich…

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/04/us-usa-fiscal-obama-sandwich-idUSBRE9930Y220131004

Got it.

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Heh.

That was my first reaction too …

ShainS on October 4, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Seriously. I’ve been here WAY too long!

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Chad Henderson staying in Lincoln Bedroom this weekend. Who might visit late at night?

BHO Jonestown on October 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Sasqua tch

davidk on October 4, 2013 at 8:29 PM

(Had to split the word to get it past the mod.)

davidk on October 4, 2013 at 8:29 PM

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

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

Okay, smartypants, stop with the trick questions!

Hee hee

herm2416 on October 4, 2013 at 8:31 PM

I don’t recall Apple ever telling its customers that they were going to be taking down everybody’s I-Pads and I-Phones to correct glitches.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 7:52 PM

They just did. Oh. Wait. That was the LA school system.

Ah, the government screwing up again.

I see what you did there!

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2013 at 8:35 PM

i bet if Apple gave away “free” phones…for 4 days..
you would have seen hundreds of thousands
of happy people gathered at the give away spot…
the place would be plugged…!!!
where are all these happy people and the wonderful stories they must have to tell..???

going2mars on October 4, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Good thing we have the right to just fire thiw company and gi somewhere else… oh wait.

LtGenRob on October 4, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Proofreading is your friend.

LtGenRob on October 4, 2013 at 8:40 PM

OT: Tornado in Wayne, ???? Is that true?

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2013 at 8:42 PM

OT: Tornado in Wayne, ???? Is that true?

UnderstandingisPower on October 4, 2013 at 8:42 PM

http://www.9news.com/news/article/358379/339/Tornado-heavy-rain-reported-in-E-Nebraska

Murphy9 on October 4, 2013 at 9:18 PM

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.

That’s okay. Just send your medical bills to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

GarandFan on October 4, 2013 at 9:27 PM

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

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

-
A great question. There has to be a critical mass to sustain itself.

diogenes on October 4, 2013 at 9:32 PM

I thought about going and applying just to see how the system worked. But, then I realized they would have my name and SSN in some database somewhere and who knows what they’d do with it. I don’t trust these folks.

sydneyjane on October 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Just part of the plan.

Philly on October 4, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Sydneyjane, no worries – you won’t make it that far into the system. The site couldn’t even process a login setup. And it took hours total in time to reach that point.

Only the liberals are shocked.

Philly on October 4, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Obama sitting for photographic portrait during government shutdown

Portrait of a petty dictator.

thatsafactjack on October 4, 2013 at 7:50 PM

You need a photographic portriat. For the engraver. So that the new Obamabucks can replace all those dead white slaveholders on our current currency.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 7:55 PM

For the platinum trillion-dollar coins.

slickwillie2001 on October 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM

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

They don’t need to test. Because, Obama.

Maddie on October 4, 2013 at 10:19 PM

So, what’s the betting pool? How long will it be down?
My guess: at least until January before we get something resembling usable. And secure.
I might be an optimist.
Vanceone on October 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Put me down for after the 2014 elections.

Maddie on October 4, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Now this same groups will find it MUCH less expensive to simply pay the fine of less than $90 for not buying insurance under Obamacare this year.
thatsafactjack on October 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

If these millennial nitwits are enrolled full-time in 4-year Progressive reeducation centers, they won’t even have to pay the fine. Even they should be able to do the math.

Maddie on October 4, 2013 at 10:27 PM

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