Despite months to plan and an early morning failure today already, the Obamacare wesbite Healthcare.gov is down once again...
- *AP SAYS HEALTHCARE.GOV WEBSITE NOT ACCEPTING NEW APPLICANTS,
- *TECHNICAL PROBLEMS PREVENTING HEALTHCARE.GOV APPLICATIONS: AP
Of course the frequency of visitors is having some effect and the adminstration has once again extended the deadline for enrolment as long as participants are in line today. Perhaps, Obama should ask the HFTs how they cope with the volume?
As Bloomberg reports, Healthcare.gov, the federal website for Obamacare, faltered for the second time today as a record number of people tried to buy health insurance on the last day of enrollment for 2014.
Starting about midday New York time, users weren’t able to create new applications because of the number of people trying to use the website. Visitors to the health insurance exchange are being directed to a queuing system that asks them to provide an e-mail address so they can be contacted when traffic slows.
"There are a record number of people trying to access healthcare.gov right now -- more than 100,000 people concurrently in the system as of noon,” Aaron Albright, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in an e-mail. “The application and enrollment tools are unavailable to new users at the moment. The tech team is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Users already in system remain able to complete enrollment.”
The agency pulled the website out of service earlier today after a software bug was discovered during the 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. regularly scheduled maintenance of the site.
We also remind those excited about a few hundred thousand enrollees on the last day that these are merely adding the healthcare to their 'Carts' and not actually paying for it yet... remember the average e-commerce shopping cart abandonment rate is 67%.