Obamacare Web site goes down twice amid last-minute rush

The government's HealthCare.gov received over 4.8M visitors yesterday while the telephone center took 2M calls as people rushed to sign up for Obamacare health coverage ahead of last night's deadline.

However, the enrollment process was again mired in chaos, as the Web site went down at least twice and was out for several hours.

Those who started the enrollment process but didn't complete it will be allowed to do so, providing more uncertainty for health insurers.

With 6M people having bought coverage by last week, the government could reach its target of signing up 7M people by around this point in the process.

However, an estimated 45M Americans still remain uncovered.

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Comments (12)
  • 1980XLS
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    I don't remember AMZN site going down around x-mas time?
    1 Apr 2014, 08:58 AM Reply Like
  • Drew Robertson
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    "an estimated 45M Americans still remain uncovered". This is great news....for the Tea Party.
    1 Apr 2014, 09:15 AM Reply Like
  • fuzzymc
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    I am waiting to find out the number of people who were uninsured and now insured. I am 57 and had my own health ins. Since 18. My plan was cancelled as of jan 1, I purchased a new policy from a different company directly and did not use healthcare.gov. It will take years to see how this works out!!
    1 Apr 2014, 09:16 AM Reply Like
  • Jake2992
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    That number is known and well documented.


    Obamacare has lead to at least 9.5 million previously uninsured Americans gaining coverage.


    Also, there are now more Americans who support the ACA than oppose it, that is also a first.


    Of course with SA's biased anti Obama coverage of the ACA you would never get that information. Instead they harp on the website being down for a total of 9 minutes during a surge in enrollment. The 7 million mark will surely be met.
    1 Apr 2014, 09:29 AM Reply Like
  • Covingtonium
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    So, we are left to choose from YOU who says, without substantiating support, that the healthcare.gov website was out for 9 minutes, or this SA breaking news report which claims, without substantiating support, that the website was down for several hours. Of course, you also don't provide a link supporting your claim that more Americans support the ACA than oppose it. I have read online that FEWER Americans support the ACA now. What say you?
    1 Apr 2014, 09:55 AM Reply Like
  • Hubert Biagi
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    For the estimated $3T that Obamacare will add to our debt our the next ten years, we could have simply paid each of the 30M targeted "uninsured" $100K, and then leave the rest of us the hell alone.
    1 Apr 2014, 09:33 AM Reply Like
  • Covingtonium
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    The ACA will likely be, and somewhat already is, a disaster.
    1 Apr 2014, 09:56 AM Reply Like
  • Jake2992
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    So you aren't asking Hubert for a link to his ridiculous claim that ACA will add 3T to our debt? Seems like you have an agenda.
    1 Apr 2014, 10:27 AM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    They will take the money from Medicare.


    Did you think the subsidy money would be created out of thin air?
    1 Apr 2014, 11:07 AM Reply Like
  • Jake2992
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    Two lies here.


    Lie #1 "For the estimated $3T that Obamacare will add to our debt"


    The RNC attributed this figure to a May 2013 CBO report. But the CBO didn’t say that federal health care spending would total $3 trillion in 2023. Instead, it said that Social Security and major federal health care programs would cost that much.


    Lie #2 "They will take the money from Medicare."
    That’s a reduction in the future growth of Medicare spending over 10 years, not a slashing of the current budget. The savings are achieved by negotiating better savings with prescription drug suppliers and hospitals. Both of these measures have extended the solvency of the Medicare program.


    Same link.


    There is no greater threat to America than conservatives and their lies.
    1 Apr 2014, 12:18 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    If you like your plan you can keep it.


    If you like your doctor you can keep him


    1 Apr 2014, 12:22 PM Reply Like
  • taxman100
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    If you are middle class and have health insurance, you will pay much higher rates for high deductible plans and eventually, your employer will dump you onto the exchanges.


    The government wants that - they will collect the $2,000 "fine" (thanks to the losers on the Supreme Court) from your employer, and any employer subsidy towards your insurance becomes income subject to federal, ssi, medicare, state, and local taxation. That is why Obamacare requires the value of employer provided healthcare to show up on your w-2 - it conditions you to the idea they should get to tax it.


    Hey, someone has to pay for the soon to be covered abortions as well as buying the votes of the socially deviant.


    On top of that, they will finally gain control of healthcare, with the IRS administering all of your reporting requirements. It is heaven for a socialist America-loathing person like Obama.
    1 Apr 2014, 12:38 PM Reply Like
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