Oh, good: Healthcare.gov goes down on deadline day

posted at 8:41 am on March 31, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Of course, it’s not really “deadline day,” so to speak; the enrollment period’s March 31st end date is more like a guideline than an actual rule, since one need only check-mark a box declaring that a previous attempt to get insurance through the website went unfinished for whatever reason. But, this is the day when all of the Obama administration’s furious marketing efforts and the ‘official’ deadline meet — so it’s a good thing the federal exchange website was down as of early this morning.

Hours before the deadline for enrolling, the online page for enrolling in Obamacare went down Monday. …

“HealthCare.gov marketplace application and enrollment system is currently unavailable. The tech team is working now to bring the system online as soon as possible,” the Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement Monday morning.

The online application has been unavailable since 3:20 a.m.

I sort of thought we were past all this, but evidently not — and no, it isn’t because of some kind of 4 AM surge in enrollment attempts.

HHS spokeswoman to Joanne Peters said it was not a volume issue, and officials expect the site will be fixed later in the morning.

Oof. Healthcare.gov goes down regularly during off-peak nighttime hours for maintenance, but this morning’s extended technical blip was apparently the result of “software bug.” Winning.

Anyhow, the time is nigh to start evaluating how well the enrollment period really went, both for the law’s overall sustainability and for the insurers who’ll need to start evaluating how expensive their new government-mandated risk pools are going to be and how much to charge for premiums in the coming years; the White House will almost certainly be happily touting the six million figure they announced last week, but the really important information should start coming out soon: How many people made the jump from shopping for a plan to actually purchasing one? Of those people, how many are from the crucial “young invincible” demographic? How many are sicker with more healthcare needs than the general population? How many were previously uninsured?


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Kind of like the Al Gore effect on the weather.

jmtham156 on March 31, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Well, then everybody gets an extension. They just have to say they tried to visit.

Brilliant. Smells like David Bent-Axlegrease.

platypus on March 31, 2014 at 8:47 AM

“Government does it right!”

LOL

s1im on March 31, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Originally, the web hosting was supposed to switch today from being hosted by Verizon to being hosted by HP. That has now been pushed out until sometime this summer, but perhaps someone at Verizon “forgot”…

climbnjump on March 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Monty Python would refuse to do a skit of this rollout because satire has to be more believable than this clusterfark.

rbj on March 31, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Let’s give these people guns and charge them with our protection. Right, nonpartisan, you “One-note-Johnny?”

CurtZHP on March 31, 2014 at 8:56 AM

When I was a youngster I owned an old 1930 vintage Ford coupe. To keep it running I was constantly wiring parts together so they wouldn’t fall of, priming the carburetor. cleaning the plugs and beating on the dash to make the speedometer and heater work. Finally, it just gave up and died a natural death.

Obamacare is very much like my old Ford and I anticipate a similar outcome.

rplat on March 31, 2014 at 8:57 AM

This is calculated. If the site is down on deadline day, it is only fair to extend the deadline…..again.

Nexialist on March 31, 2014 at 8:59 AM

But I have my cup of warm cocoa, cuddled up in my jammies, ready to have a serious discussion about health care!

mankai on March 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM

This is calculated. If the site is down on deadline day, it is only fair to extend the deadline…..again.

Nexialist on March 31, 2014 at 8:59 AM

We’ve become so rightly cynical.

hawkdriver on March 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM

I’ll bet those Obamacare pre-marked democrat voter registration cards still roll out just fine….in english and spanish.

workingclass artist on March 31, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Hooray! It’s back up now. Although it does say this:

“During times of especially high demand, you may be queued to begin your online Marketplace application to ensure the best possible shopping experience.”

Translation: Chances are, we’re probably still going to be down for a while. LOL

KS Rex on March 31, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Obama’s primary metric is the number of uninsured. Since many have lost insurance, and this 6 million figure is shaky, how do we know the number of uninsured hasn’t increased? I suspect it has.

Fenris on March 31, 2014 at 9:03 AM

I sort of thought we were past all this, but evidently not…

Too late to press [Ctrl]-Z on the softwares?

Tsar of Earth on March 31, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Obamacare is very much like my old Ford and I anticipate a similar outcome.

rplat on March 31, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Difference is, it would be awesome to drive a vintage 1930s Ford. Driving Obummercare’s website — not so much.

KS Rex on March 31, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Originally, the web hosting was supposed to switch today from being hosted by Verizon to being hosted by HP. That has now been pushed out until sometime this summer, but perhaps someone at Verizon “forgot”…

climbnjump on March 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Yeah, here is a link from last November on the switch:

Why HealthCare.gov Was Desperate to Switch Hosting Providers

And here is one on the extension:

Government Extends HealthCare.gov Contract for Verizon’s Terremark

Looks like the second link is behind the WSJ pay wall, so here’s a quote:

The Terremark contract was set to expire March 31, according to a spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which administers the website. Now, the extension calls for an initial four-month period, along with three, 30-day option periods, with a value of up to $58 million, contracting records show. CMS confirmed the contract extension.

climbnjump on March 31, 2014 at 9:06 AM

I can answer that my wife and I signed up yesterday. It went very smoothly, I fully admit. We both are in the generously 60+ brackets and would like to thank our younger citizens for their next several years of hard work to keep our wrinkled butts healthy. We do plan on rocketing through our deductables as fast as possible. I mean why not? I’m sure every ancient mole we have needs a reason for another on your dime doctor’s appointment. Thanks, kids!

Limerick on March 31, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Congratulations on 7 million enrollments president Obama!
Great success!

forest on March 31, 2014 at 9:06 AM

this morning’s extended technical blip was apparently the result of “software bug.”

Y2K?

How many were previously uninsured?

That is the most important question – saving those poor souls (half of whom were just fine not having insurance, btw) was the supposed “reason” this taxpayer-funded fiasco was foisted on us in the first place. Unfortunately, this administration, along with its MSM enablers, will shield that important fact from us forever.

KS Rex on March 31, 2014 at 9:09 AM

We’ve become so rightly cynical.

hawkdriver on March 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM

At some point, my cynicism of contemptuous doubt was replaced by the sure knowledge of their corruption.

Fenris on March 31, 2014 at 9:09 AM

If I recall (at my age that is iffy) the usual number the administration used were 40% of American’s uninsured. That means their 7 million sign up victory only left 162,000,221 left to go. Good job.

Limerick on March 31, 2014 at 9:12 AM

hawkdriver on March 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM

At some point, my cynicism of contemptuous doubt was replaced by the sure knowledge of their corruption.

Fenris on March 31, 2014 at 9:09 AM

That too.

I suspect it has.

Fenris on March 31, 2014 at 9:03 AM

I would bet the farm it has.

hawkdriver on March 31, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Fail so much fail…

sorrowen on March 31, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Worst lies I’ve witnessed yet from Chuck Todd on the Today show this morning (NBC)

1. The 6 million sign-ups is legitimate
2. Insurers are not worried about minor percentage of people not paying premiums
3. Law is now “unrepealable”

Must be nice for the White House to have handmaidens that broadcast every falsehood and serve as a public relations megaphone

matthew8787 on March 31, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Fail so much fail…

sorrowen on March 31, 2014 at 9:14 AM

No, no. Great success. If you don’t believe me, watch the evening news tonight on your telescreen.

forest on March 31, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Obamacare is very much like my old Ford and I anticipate a similar outcome.

rplat on March 31, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Not even close. You got years of worthwhile service out of your Ford. The only thing we’re getting from Obamacare is headaches and a$$ reaming.

Oldnuke on March 31, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Liberal success is finding positives where none exist.

antipc on March 31, 2014 at 9:24 AM

I’m curious —how many of the new “enrollees” are folks who lost their individual or employer plans and have been forced to enroll. What an absurd and unintelligible world the socialists wish to construct.

cthemfly on March 31, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Big surprise

crankyoldlady on March 31, 2014 at 9:43 AM

If having government health care coverage is this great, imagine how awesome it would be if you could actually use it.

antipc on March 31, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Sure. We can all celebrate this wonderful day. Tomorrow the leftists favorite day of all.

Bmore on March 31, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Wow, this government run program is about as dependable
as a Condom with a Hole in it…

ToddPA on March 31, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Hmmmm….

“Does that mean that Obamacare will basically be beyond repeal, as its supporters hope? It certainly makes things harder. But we still don’t know how many of these people are newly insured, or how many of the previously insured like these policies better than their old policies — nor how much pressure it is going to end up putting on the budget. Those are things we won’t know for quite a while. But if it were impossible to ever cut off an expensive entitlement that goes to the middle class, TennCare would never have been cut….”

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-03-28/is-obamacare-now-beyond-repeal

workingclass artist on March 31, 2014 at 9:58 AM

HHS is going to announce 7 million enrollees soon and declare victory.

If you question the number, you will be accused of rooting for failure by the MSM – a healthcare suicide bomber.

forest on March 31, 2014 at 10:01 AM

..but the really important information should start coming out soon: How many people made the jump from shopping for a plan to actually purchasing one? Of those people, how many are from the crucial “young invincible” demographic? How many are sicker with more healthcare needs than the general population? How many were previously uninsured?

You’re actually expecting ‘the most transparent administration, evah!’ to provide that information?

When hell freezes over!

GarandFan on March 31, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Again fail the again lefties idea of success is failure.

sorrowen on March 31, 2014 at 10:03 AM

…the deadline..should have been April 1st!…April Fools day!

KOOLAID2 on March 31, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Just watching Fox on the treadmill, (uh-huh Bluegill) and the Maryland Governor is so full of it. His state is a disaster with the enrollees and website. But he says they’re above their numbers “for the period”. He also said they’re scrapping a 140 million dollar website and going to spend 30 million to switch over. They had one for 30 million they expect to work better?

He said things are working, but not as well as needs be “before November”. He freaking said it. It’s not the poor uninsured to them. It’s the elections.

hawkdriver on March 31, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Hey, the good news is that only 4 out of 5 Obamacare customers — 80% — are getting taxpayer-funded subsidies to help them “pay” for their policies!

Only 80% need taxpayers to pay for their O-care policies for them! If that’s not “Affordable Care” then what is?

AZCoyote on March 31, 2014 at 10:26 AM

**snort**

Cindy Munford on March 31, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Only a racist, homophobic, climate change denier, who wants all sick people to die, would call for an “evaluation” at this time.

It will take many years before a proper evaluation of Obamacare can be done, and the only people qualified to evaluate the success of the program will be members of a committee appointed by HHS. The names of those committee members will, of course, not be released to the public in order to prevent harassment.

NOTE: A small revenue enhancement will be required for the funding of Obamacare in 2015. The White House, based on the consensus of approved economists, has determined that 17.4% of the gross assets of all American citizens will be required.

HAVE A NICE DAY!

pilsener on March 31, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Gee, I think it’s time to break out the “UNEXPECTEDLY!” that the media has been studiously trying not to include in their poor economic reports.

makattak on March 31, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Hahahaha!

Othniel on March 31, 2014 at 12:32 PM

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 one hundred forty-five one hundred forty-six one hundred forty-seven one hundred forty-eight one hundred forty-nine one hundred fifty one hundred fifty-one one hundred fifty-two one hundred fifty-three one hundred fifty-four one hundred fifty-five one hundred fifty-six one hundred fifty-seven one hundred fifty-eight one hundred fifty-nine one hundred sixty one hundred sixty-one one hundred sixty-two one hundred sixty-three one hundred sixty-four one hundred sixty-five one hundred sixty-six one hundred sixty-seven one hundred sixty-eight one hundred sixty-nine one hundred seventy one hundred seventy-one one hundred seventy-two one hundred seventy-three one hundred seventy-four one hundred seventy-five one hundred seventy-six one hundred seventy-seven one hundred seventy-eight one hundred seventy-nine one hundred eighty one hundred eighty-one one hundred eighty-two
verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

We crossed the 180-day/six-month point sometime over the weekend.

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 31, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Rut roh!:

The Associated PressVerified account ‏@AP

BREAKING: Gov’t: http://HealthCare.gov not accepting new applications due to technical problems; fix in works.

blammm on March 31, 2014 at 1:15 PM

We crossed the 180-day/six-month point sometime over the weekend.

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 31, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Don’t expect an answer from Lucy on that one.

slickwillie2001 on March 31, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Worst lies I’ve witnessed yet from Chuck Todd on the Today show this morning (NBC)

1. The 6 million sign-ups is legitimate
2. Insurers are not worried about minor percentage of people not paying premiums
3. Law is now “unrepealable”

Must be nice for the White House to have handmaidens that broadcast every falsehood and serve as a public relations megaphone

matthew8787 on March 31, 2014 at 9:16 AM

That last lie is particularly transparent. In their attempt to accomplish this through mandates to private insurance companies, these geniuses actually wound up making the law relatively easy to appeal.

1) Remove the mandate
2) Remove the requirements for what insurance MUST cover
3) Allow signing up with insurance companies directly rather than through the government exchanges
4) Leave the old insurance plans in place for all who still want them.
5) Wait for the old plans to fade away, as insurance companies compete to offer new plans that actually fit the needs of everybody — catastrophic plans for the healthy, plans that don’t include drug abuse, contraceptives, and pregnancy coverage for older people, etc.

If Obamacare had been pure nationalized health care, there would have to be some process of privatization. But since the private companies already exist, it’s just a matter of letting them compete for customers.

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 31, 2014 at 1:22 PM

He said things are working, but not as well as needs be “before November”. He freaking said it. It’s not the poor uninsured to them. It’s the elections.

hawkdriver on March 31, 2014 at 10:20 AM

The political gaffe: when a politician slips up and says the truth.

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 31, 2014 at 1:26 PM