ObamaCare Website Couldn’t Even Handle a Few Hundred Users in Tests

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So they just went ahead and deployed it nationwide and hoped the media would clean up their mess. I don’t understand the reasoning. But maybe it’s a religious notion of having faith in the powers of Socialism.

Days before the launch of President Obama’s online health insurance marketplace, government officials and contractors tested a key part of the Web site to see whether it could handle tens of thousands of consumers at the same time. It crashed after a simulation in which just a few hundred people tried to log on simultaneously.

Despite the failed test, federal health officials plowed ahead.

When the Web site went live Oct. 1, it locked up shortly after midnight as about 2,000 users attempted to complete the first step, according to two people familiar with the project.

So not only couldn’t the site handle the 50,000 concurrent users it was supposedly designed for, but it broke when 2,000 people tried to use it.

About a month before the exchange opened, this testing group urged agency officials not to launch it nationwide because it was still riddled with problems, according to an insurance IT executive who was close to the rollout.

But they went Forward! anyway. Because that’s all Obama does. He goes Forward and then puts an exclamation mark at the end and tells everyone to get used to feeling good about his latest disaster.

As late as Sept. 26, there had been no tests to determine whether a consumer could complete the process from beginning to end: create an account, determine eligibility for federal subsidies and sign up for a health insurance plan, according to two sources familiar with the project.

So five days beforehand, no one had actually tested the whole site.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday shows that a majority of Americans, 56 percent, believe that the Web site’s flaws reflect larger problems with the health-care law, an alarming figure for the administration.

Not the mention the ability of government to run anything bigger than its own office betting pools.

  • DogmaelJones1

    “Not the mention the ability of government to run anything bigger than its own office betting pools.” Doubtless those are rigged to fail, too. Or at least rigged.

    • Biff Henderson

      If you had insider information; who Obama picked, the contrary would set you up for an early retirement. I seriously doubt he has the power of discernment to pick corn out of his own ****.

  • v

    This administartion has been a complete fiasco from the beginning. At least to those of us who are informed.

  • maidros

    I can understand the health department folks going ahead and trying to deploy a system for 50K people, even when it could not handle 2K people. In my country, they tried to build socialist bridges with more sand than cement and were surprised (or at least acted surprised) when they collapsed. Could the stupid bridge not understand that socialism was superior to gravity? How could Newton trump Marx? But reality is always a bitch, I suppose.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “Could the stupid bridge not understand that socialism was superior to gravity?”

      Bridges are supposed to evolve organically like everything else. Marx proved it.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “So five days beforehand, no one had actually tested the whole site.”

    I expected a disaster, but this is criminal negligence and fraud.

    Bush’s fault.

  • Lanna

    We were told by the Obama administration that things were being fixed on the healthcare.gov website…they are now bringing in the brightest and the best….Well why didn’t they bring in the brightest and the best to set up the web site…..more shortcomings and failures!

  • Jason

    Stupid idiots. Incompetence to the highest level. Major websites can host hundreds of thousands at a time, and they do it for a fraction of the cost as what this would be. It doesnt matter if you agree with healthcare or not (Which as an Australian I cant quite understand the argument against it, maybe someone can explain in detail) but this is one of hundreds of cases where the govt does a worse job than private enterprise, at a significantly higher cost.

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  • vodknockers

    These have been called ‘glitches’ when in fact they are systemic
    failures. The Canadian contractor that built the website for $630M, has
    a history of high profile failed software. Yet 0bama picked them
    anyway. Many in DC say the reason 0bama picked a foreign company
    because Congress can’t subpoena them to testify… This IS a train wreck,
    and 0bama saw it coming.