Video: Healthcare.gov website crashes during Sebelius PR event … again

posted at 12:41 pm on November 20, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when this happened in Pittsburgh in the second week of the ObamaCare rollout? At least this time, Kathleen Sebelius signed up more people on her visit yesterday to South Florida than she did in Pennsylvania. A whopping two people managed to get all the way through the failing website to enroll in insurance during this media event at the office of an official ACA navigator:

Sebelius, wearing green, walked through the front doors of North Shore Hospital near Miami Shores where she shook hands with hospital staff and members of the Epilepsy Foundation who are staffing the Obamacare Navigation center housed off the hospital’s lobby. There she met with the team helping South Floridians to sign-up on line or on paper.

“So she is being helpful,” asked the secretary to a couple sitting at one table of a navigator. “Absolutely,” they responded.

At a second table, the secretary met Carmen Salero who was trying to sign up online. As the secretary and Salero made small talk, CBS4′s Brian Andrews noticed the site crash on the lap top in front of them.

“The screen says I’m sorry but the system is temporarily down,” Andrews pointed out. “Uh oh,” responded the secretary. “That happens every day,” said Salerno, “it must mean a lot of people are on there trying to get coverage.”

Actually, it doesnt. It means that the front end of Healthcare.gov still can’t handle anywhere near the promised level of demand, even though the law makes enrollments mandatory. And the one failure wasn’t a fluke, either:

“It went down three times,” said Williams referring to the site, “but we’re just going to keep trying,” he added.

Here’s an honest question. Why would the White House want Sebelius to do these live media events when the website is so unstable that repeated crashes end up on the news? If this happens every day, wouldn’t it be better for Sebelius to stick around the office and run the rescue operation? After all, according to Dan Pfeiffer, that’s enough to keep Barack Obama from appearing at the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.


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Schadenfreude on November 20, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Sebelius was wearing green on Tuesday.

Didn’t any of you go to high school?

Emperor Norton on November 20, 2013 at 3:51 PM

That would be a nice outfit for ‘bambi, too.

freedomfirst on November 20, 2013 at 2:51 PM

By golly, you’re right!

justltl on November 20, 2013 at 4:02 PM

May this debacle continue to fail!
May lightning strike it dead as a Dodo bird!
Buahhhhahahaha!!

Scrumpy on November 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

It hasn’t even started yet. This is just prelude. Here is a glimpse of what’s to come in California from a commenter at ZH.

**disclaimer** If you are at work or weak of heart do not venture into the comment section. It’s ZH after all, and there are more nuts there than at a San Fran bath house.

DFCtomm on November 20, 2013 at 4:24 PM

That’s my question too, Ed.

Alana on November 20, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I get kicked off amazon all the time. But my amazon navigator is awesome. He just keeps trying for me. I’m hoping within a few hours I can put in my request to purchase that blu-Ray player I need. Of course, I’m also applying for an amazon credit card, so that will naturally put back this purchase a few months.

All systems go!

mankai on November 20, 2013 at 4:45 PM

It hasn’t even started yet. This is just prelude. Here is a glimpse of what’s to come in California from a commenter at ZH.

**disclaimer** If you are at work or weak of heart do not venture into the comment section. It’s ZH after all, and there are more nuts there than at a San Fran bath house.

DFCtomm on November 20, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Why hasn’t this war gone hot? Obamacare is outright looting. It has absolutely nothing to do with health care. This is the systematic destruction of wealth, opportunity, and liberty. I fking hate these people with the heat of a thousand suns.

Murphy9 on November 20, 2013 at 5:13 PM

The stupid is strong with this one.

neyney on November 20, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Why hasn’t this war gone hot? Obamacare is outright looting. It has absolutely nothing to do with health care. This is the systematic destruction of wealth, opportunity, and liberty. I fking hate these people with the heat of a thousand suns.

Murphy9 on November 20, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Man, the war is over, and our side missed it. We’re looking through the window at the other sides victory feast.

DFCtomm on November 20, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Ho ho ho, for the jolly green giant.

Dhuka on November 20, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Come on. You guys. No need for violence. Just because you want Obama to receive a molten lead enema delivered from a high pressure industrial injector is no reason for crazy talk.

Why can’t you just settle for peeling off his skin with a blistering high pressure industrial Sand blaster?

SparkPlug on November 20, 2013 at 6:29 PM

2 people enrolled? Don’t think so – they can’t paid for it yet. 0 people enrolled.


Sebelius is stupid. To think it is fixed enough for demos demonstates her incompentence to lead this. The farce is strong in this one.

TerryW on November 21, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Sebelius was wearing green on Tuesday.

Didn’t any of you go to high school?

Emperor Norton on November 20, 2013 at 3:51 PM

The writer was momentarily blinded by the glare from their Master’s in Journalism.

Mr. Grump on November 21, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Here’s an honest question. Why would the White House want Sebelius to do these live media events when the website is so unstable that repeated crashes end up on the news?

Because the alternative is NOTHING.

Chaz706 on November 21, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Come on. You guys. No need for violence. Just because you want Obama to receive a molten lead enema delivered from a high pressure industrial injector is no reason for crazy talk.

Why can’t you just settle for peeling off his skin with a blistering high pressure industrial Sand blaster?

SparkPlug on November 20, 2013 at 6:29 PM

I’m all for mercy… hell… I’d settle for hot tar and feathers.

Chaz706 on November 21, 2013 at 8:18 PM

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