California ObamaCare exchange site goes down just as marketing campaign debuts

posted at 9:21 pm on February 20, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

No, it’s not the traffic because the marketing campaign was so successful. It’s just more glitches, meaning all the money spent on the marketing campaign was wasted once again.

Amid a big marketing push, California’s enrollment website for Obamacare coverage has suffered an unexpected outage due to software glitches.

The website problems come at a crucial time as the Covered California exchange tries to persuade more uninsured people to sign up ahead of a March 31 deadline.

The state exchange unveiled new TV commercials and radio ads this week aimed in particular at Latinos, who have been slow to enroll so far. The exchange is also urging more people to visit enrollment counselors, who rely on the state’s online system.

Covered California took its enrollment system down for scheduled maintenance and upgrades for 24 hours this past weekend. But problems have persisted and Thursday consumers were greeted by a message saying “the enrollment portion of the site is being worked on.”

You can still browse the site for expensive plans and compare expensive prices, and hey, maybe if you manage to put something in your cart, presumably the Obama administration can count you as an “enrollee.” But you can’t actually enroll.

California remains among the most successful of the state exchange efforts. As Joe Biden might say, this is “a hell of a start.”


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Timing is EVERYTHING!

PolAgnostic on February 20, 2014 at 9:22 PM

As Joe Biden might say, this is “A hell, what of a start!”

This is what Senile Idiot really meant.

riddick on February 20, 2014 at 9:23 PM

obamacare.

What could go wrong?

Lanceman on February 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Government can’t get anything right except incompetence.

ConstantineXI on February 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

You can still browse the site for expensive plans and compare expensive prices, and hey, maybe if you manage to put something in your cart, presumably the Obama administration can count you as an “enrollee.” But you can’t actually enroll.


Doesn’t matter …

… the Kneepad Media is grading on a curve …

… the SCOAMF and all his ilk get rewarded for JUST TRYING.

PolAgnostic on February 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

It was wasted as soon as they ran those broinsurance and hoinsurance ads!

22044 on February 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

… the Kneepad Media is grading on a curve …

… the SCOAMF and all his ilk get rewarded for JUST TRYING.

PolAgnostic on February 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Wish I’d gotten that kind of curve in math classes…

My report card was often 6 A’s and a D-… The D- being in math… The A’s being in History, English, etc.

ConstantineXI on February 20, 2014 at 9:25 PM

The error is right after

And then it gets ugly

SparkPlug on February 20, 2014 at 9:25 PM

It’s a Republican plot! Bush’s fault!

xNavigator on February 20, 2014 at 9:25 PM

This is a big effing deal

HotAirian on February 20, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Dear God

Since the ‘rats are pissing away money in amounts I can’t even count to, could you please send some my way so I can pay off my mortgage? You can make it my Christmas and birthday present.

Lanceman on February 20, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Government can’t get anything right except incompetence.

ConstantineXI on February 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

.
Incompetence is THE government standard.

Underperforming against that standard is within the mean deviation.

PolAgnostic on February 20, 2014 at 9:30 PM

California’s enrollment website for Obamacare coverage has suffered an unexpected outage due to software glitches.

glitch (glĭch)
n.
1. A minor malfunction, mishap, or technical problem; a snag

fail·ure
noun \ˈfāl-yər\

a : omission of occurrence or performance; specifically : a failing to perform a duty or expected action
b (1) : a state of inability to perform a normal function (2) : an abrupt cessation of normal functioning

Lost in Jersey on February 20, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Even in California, you simply cannot put shit on toast and sell it as the best sandwich ever.

oscarwilde on February 20, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Perhaps if they spent millions on an enrollment party. Maybe get a health guru like Richard Simmons, a lesbian dressed like it is the 1980s, and some random skinny dude in a leisure suit! That would really sell the Millennials.

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Even in California, you simply cannot put shit on toast and sell it as the best sandwich ever.

oscarwilde on February 20, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Movie hype and Oscar campaigning excluded, right?

Happy Nomad on February 20, 2014 at 9:39 PM

ConstantineXI on February 20, 2014 at 9:25 PM

.
With people dying in the Ukraine and the Kneepad Media performing its other “service” to the SCOAMF …

… the “See No Failure, Hear No Failure, Say No Failure” act of obedience …

… I have difficulty not using the terms I would LIKE to to express my contempt for EVERYONE in D.C..

PolAgnostic on February 20, 2014 at 9:41 PM

obamacare.

What could go wrong?

Lanceman on February 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Plenty. Like having a zillion Twerps biting your ankles.

SparkPlug on February 20, 2014 at 9:41 PM

… and hey, maybe if you manage to put something in your cart, presumably the Obama administration can count you as an “enrollee.” But you can’t actually enroll.

I just bought $25,000 worth of stuff on Amazon. Seriously — it’s in my cart.

Alien on February 20, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Plenty. Like having a zillion Twerps biting your ankles.

SparkPlug on February 20, 2014 at 9:41 PM

I’ll take my chances with the twerks.

Lanceman on February 20, 2014 at 9:44 PM

SparkPlug on February 20, 2014 at 9:41 PM

You’re not going to get stuck in here when QOTD goes up tonight, are you?

The natives are getting a bit restless.

Wait — can I say that, or is it racist?

Alien on February 20, 2014 at 9:47 PM

California ObamaCare exchange site goes down just as marketing campaign debuts

..WWTF?…it’s only money!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Constantine….where for art thou?

Bishop on February 20, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Plenty. Like having a zillion Twerps biting your ankles.

SparkPlug on February 20, 2014 at 9:41 PM


Not possible
… a zillion Twerps would exceed the Schwarzschild radius causing the instantaneous collapse to a black hole.

PolAgnostic on February 20, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Alien on February 20, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Oscar was supposed to code me a QOTD alarm trigger app. But instead he strummed his banjo.

SparkPlug on February 20, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Dear GodObama

Since the ‘rats are pissing Bush pissed away money in amounts I can’t even count to, could you please send some my way so I can pay off my mortgage? You can make it my Christmas and birthday present.

Lanceman on February 20, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Dear Lance.
Please see my HARP plan. I believe it is in its third iteration so it must be a great success. Christmas and birthday all in one vote! Er, you know what I mean.
Yours,
Buh-Rock

bettycooper on February 20, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Alien on February 20, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Oscar was supposed to code me a QOTD alarm trigger app. But instead he strummed his banjo.

SparkPlug on February 20, 2014 at 9:53 PM

I did, it’s not my fault you cant read Navaho…

oscarwilde on February 20, 2014 at 10:02 PM

But instead he strummed his banjo.

SparkPlug on February 20, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Obligatory. The pig squealed.

bettycooper on February 20, 2014 at 10:07 PM

a zillion Twerps would exceed the Schwarzschild radius causing the instantaneous collapse to a black hole.

PolAgnostic on February 20, 2014 at 9:52 PM

I won’t get closer than the Roche limit.

Lanceman on February 20, 2014 at 10:07 PM

… the Kneepad Media is grading on a curve …

… the SCOAMF and all his ilk get rewarded for JUST TRYING.

PolAgnostic on February 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

do we get a participation trophy for being involved in a train wreck or buttfk?

cabra viejo on February 20, 2014 at 11:16 PM

unexpected

Kenosha Kid on February 20, 2014 at 11:20 PM

I HOPE that the cost estimator is broken there. On a lark, I said I had a family of 4, ages 56,50,21 and >18. IF I made $94k I still got about $12.5k of subsidy for the insurance as tax credits(not sure of the mechanism, that is how the page describes it). Bump that to $95K and It drops to nothing.

Better make sure our college age kids DON’T get jobs to help pay for it. It could really cost you!

OBQuiet on February 20, 2014 at 11:29 PM

It couldn’t happen to a nicer socialist program pushed by a nicer socialist dictator or in a nicer socialist state.

Timing is everything. When California finally runs out of other people’s money, maybe it will fall right into the sea.

Adjoran on February 20, 2014 at 11:32 PM

California ObamaCare exchange site goes down just as marketing campaign debuts

As saith the sage:

Ed –
You mean the websites aren’t working perfectly on day one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty twenty-one twenty-two twenty-three twenty-four twenty-five twenty-six twenty-seven twenty-eight twenty-nine thirty thirty-one thirty-two thirty-three thirty-four thirty-five thirty-six thirty-seven thirty-eight thirty-nine forty forty-one forty-two forty-three forty-four forty-five forty-six forty-seven forty-eight forty-nine fifty fifty-one fifty-two fifty-three fifty-four fifty-five fifty-six fifty-seven fifty-eight fifty-nine sixty sixty-one sixty-two sixty-three sixty-four sixty-five sixty-six sixty-seven sixty-eight sixty-nine seventy seventy-one seventy-two seventy-three seventy-four seventy-five seventy-six seventy-seven seventy-eight seventy-nine eighty eighty-one eighty-two eighty-three eighty-four eighty-five eighty-six eighty-seven eighty-eight eighty-nine ninety ninety-one ninety-two ninety-three ninety-four ninety-five ninety-six ninety-seven ninety-eight ninety-nine one hundred one hundred one one hundred two one hundred three one hundred four one hundred five one hundred six one hundred seven one hundred eight one hundred nine one hundred ten one hundred eleven one hundred twelve one hundred thirteen one hundred fourteen one hundred fifteen one hundred sixteen one hundred seventeen one hundred eighteen one hundred nineteen one hundred twenty one hundred twenty-one one hundred twenty-two one hundred twenty-three one hundred twenty-four one hundred twenty-five one hundred twenty-six one hundred twenty-seven one hundred twenty-eight one hundred twenty-nine one hundred thirty one hundred thirty-one one hundred thirty-two one hundred thirty-three one hundred thirty-four one hundred thirty-five one hundred thirty-six one hundred thirty-seven one hundred thirty-eight one hundred thirty-nine one hundred forty one hundred forty-one one hundred forty-two one hundred forty-three one hundred forty-four
verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

(H/T NotCoach)

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 21, 2014 at 1:22 AM

You can still browse the site for expensive plans and compare expensive prices, and hey, maybe if you manage to put something in your cart, presumably the Obama administration can count you as an “enrollee.” But you can’t actually enroll.

California remains among the most successful of the state exchange efforts.

Yeah, NPR this morning is touting CC as a success. What’s a success if you can’t actually buy insurance?

rbj on February 21, 2014 at 8:40 AM

L.A. Times forgot to add the paragraph

This comes in the wake of the SandyHook school shooting where…

No, I know this topic has to do with Obamacare California. But the media puts that paragraph in every other story printed.

kurtzz3 on February 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM