HealthCare.Gov shutting down for maintenance — and just in time for Youth Enrollment day!

posted at 6:41 pm on February 11, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

The Obama administration has been waging a steady and targeted campaign in their ever-vigilant quest to persuade young and healthy individuals to sign up for ObamaCare and hence assure that the system has the proper demographic mix to avoid the dreaded death-spiral scenario, but so far, the youth numbers just aren’t what they ought to be. As of mid-January, only about 24 percent of the system’s signups through 2013 were from the coveted 18-to-34 year old age group, and if the administration is going to convince the kids to do their bidding, they’re quickly running out of time as the March 31st deadline approaches.

That’s why they’ve put together a super-targeted nationwide event this weekend to really kick the awareness campaign into high gear, via YAF’s Ashley Pratte at Red Alert Politics:

Feb. 15 is also National Youth Enrollment Day, where the administration is promoting more than 200 nationwide events where young people can get covered. Groups such as United WayYoung Invincibles, Get Covered America and the American Cancer Society are partnering to promote enrollment through different events.

As Red Alert Politics also points out, however, the big youth event seems to rather… er… oddly timed, via The Hill:

HealthCare.gov will be out of service for two and a half days beginning on Feb. 15 — the last day people can sign up to obtain coverage that begins on March 1.

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services announced in a blog post on Monday that the ObamaCare website would be lacking some enrollment functionalities so the Social Security Administration can conduct its annual systems maintenance activities.

The site will be out of order from 3 p.m. on Feb. 15 until 5 a.m. on Tuesday — a period that coincides with the long holiday weekend.

Those seeking coverage by March 1 must have signed up online by Feb. 15, but with the website maintenance, those registering at the last minute won’t be able to find out what plans or subsidies they qualify for.

CMS is directing people to sign up through the hotline while the site is “lacking some enrollment functionalities,” but my question is, why do maintenance through the weekend at all, rather than 3 A.M. on a Tuesday? Isn’t the weekend the time when most working people and students would have time to sit down and try to enroll, especially since, you know, you’re holding this huge youth outreach campaign the day of the deadline to “get covered” by March 1st? Maybe?

Update: I initially wrote that the site would be “down” through the weekend, but as The Hill put it, it will only be “lacking some enrollment functionalities.” Clarified above.


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Bishop !

Doc Holliday on February 11, 2014 at 6:52 PM

There is no right hand in this government.

yetanotherjohn on February 11, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Ha!

Doc Holliday on February 11, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Youth Enrollment day

WTF? Why does the federal government want to be part of my life?

tommer74 on February 11, 2014 at 6:54 PM

…do the Republicans care?

KOOLAID2 on February 11, 2014 at 6:59 PM

What a bunch of amateurs. You can’t make this stuff up – seriously, is this another story from the Onion?

Hill60 on February 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

New Obama dictate — raising age from 26 to 46 in which young adults are now allowed to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans — in 5 .. 4 .. 3 …

ShainS on February 11, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Question: at what point do GOP commentators / representatives start referring to Obama as “the Emperor” rather than “the President”?

And, more importantly, when do we get to start drawing Palpatine-Obama comparisons?

Stoic Patriot on February 11, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Accenture as bad as the other crooks/cronies, with more dough to stuff pockets with.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Isn’t the weekend the time when most working people and students would have time to sit down and try to enroll, especially since, you know, you’re holding this huge youth outreach campaign the day of the deadline to “get covered” by March 1st? Maybe?
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Maybes PajamaBoy Partys are a priority!!!

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Mothers, don’t let your children grow up to be stupid.

VorDaj on February 11, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Just say no to EmbalmerCare.

VorDaj on February 11, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Learned helplessness:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_helplessness

That’s what they are trying to do to us.

rbj on February 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

…do the Republicans care?

KOOLAID2 on February 11, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Crying John Boehner is too busy drinking.

VorDaj on February 11, 2014 at 7:10 PM

I will NOT want to have been part of This Regime when the Day of Reckoning comes…

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Has it been a year and time for “annual” maintenance already?

Hey can anyone let me know when Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and all the other big websites have their planned annual maintenance? I always forget when it is.

Sad.

FertileMoor on February 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

All young people should just tell America’s First Pharoah, Obama Ramesses, to go pyramid himself.

VorDaj on February 11, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Flawless

Bmore on February 11, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Shhhh. Don’t provide them with logical, rational advice.

Isn’t the weekend the time when most working people and students would have time to sit down and try to enroll, especially since, you know, you’re holding this huge youth outreach campaign the day of the deadline to “get covered” by March 1st? Maybe?

kurtzz3 on February 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

It’s shutting down for maintenance.

Ver. 289.65 will spit out hello world without crashing. Once the get past the error 404 bug.

SparkPlug on February 11, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Rep. James Lankford Introduces Bill for States to Opt Out of Obamacare with ‘Health Care Compact’

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/11/Rep-Lankford-Introduces-Health-Care-Compact-Bill

davidk on February 11, 2014 at 7:24 PM

It’s almost like the left hand doesn’t know what the right is doing.

“Almost”? If it weren’t for incompetence, this administration would have no competence at all.

If the nation is lucky, once the system is down, it will never come back up.

GarandFan on February 11, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Friggin’ Bush

307wolverine on February 11, 2014 at 7:38 PM

C’mon America, embrace the suck

307wolverine on February 11, 2014 at 7:42 PM

It is rude to shake this administration’s left hand. That one’s really dirty.

ezspirit on February 11, 2014 at 7:59 PM

They need another Richard Simmons video. That’ll do the trick,

307wolverine on February 11, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Don’t worry youth, you will still get your Obama’s Youth armband.

Murphy9 on February 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM

I will NOT want to have been part of This Regime when the Day of Reckoning comes…

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM

“Ok people… oh my, what a lot of you, listen up now… to make this all go a bit more quickly we’re just going to get the leaders of your respective countries to represent you…” :)

Ramadahl on February 12, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Don’t kid yourself. The left always knows what the right is doing. Most of time, however, it’s just incapable of understanding why. Other times, it can, but it’s unwilling to do so. And, sometimes, it understands perfectly and, also understanding the implications, pretends that it’s a bad idea and gets a bunch of low-fo’s to vote for bad public policy, in response — further solidifying the left’s monopoly on power.

brentspolemics on February 12, 2014 at 8:33 AM