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

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On October 22, 2013 @ 12:55 pm In The Point | 10 Comments

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.


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