Have you tried to sign up on the Obamacare exchange yet? After hearing reports from potential patients around the country that the website is already malfunctioning we decided to investigate. The domain is available, seemingly unaffected by the government shutdown. Other government sites are currently unavailable, which makes one wonder- Does the federal government pay for and register their domains on a daily basis? If so, they deserve to be shut down.
Like an ominous sign of things to come the Healthcare.gov website is already telling potential patients they’ll have to wait in line… It took approximately 8 minutes for the site to allow us to advance, and no- our internet connection wasn’t slow. Once we were able to advance the site asked a series of questions. Again, once we tried to advance we got this message:
So, we tried again, and we got the same message. This time waiting for more than 10 minutes to get through the website. How is it that the federal government didn’t prepare the website for the high traffic it claims to be receiving? When videos go viral on Youtube with millions of people using the site at once how often do you hear of it crashing? How about Google, which receives millions of hits a day? How often are those sites down? The difference? Government vs. the free-market.
As Obamacare celebrates its first birthday during a government shutdown, signs are already looking worrisome with regards to the efficiency of the new “market”.