Obamacare Site Crashes For Various Registrants

    October 1, 2013
    Chad Sweely
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Today (October 1st, 2013) was a day when you could not go anywhere without hearing or seeing the words “Government Shutdown.” It was unavoidable. It was also the day that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, commonly known as “Obamacare”) opened for public enrollment. According to Reuters, the purposes of Obamacare are “to bring health insurance to more than 30 million previously uninsured Americans and to slow down soaring medical costs.”

With the popularity of Obamacare, and the amount of people that attempted to sign up earlier in the day, many Obamacare registration sites could not handle the traffic. For instance, New York has a large population, and many New York residents interested in registering for Obamacare could not do so, because the New York State of Health website displayed the following message to its viewers:

“Due to overwhelming interest in the NY State of Health – including 2 million visits in the first 2 hours of the site launch – the health exchange is currently having log in issues. We encourage users who are unable to log in to come back to the site later when these issues will be resolved.”

New York’s State of Health Website was not the only website to feel the effects of heavy traffic today. According to CBS News, the main Affordable Care Act website experienced turbulent traffic today with approximately more than one million viewers by 7 a.m. President Barack Obama stated the following remark regarding the site’s traffic statistics.

“That gives you a sense of how important this is to millions of Americans around the country, and that’s a good thing. We’re going to be speeding things up in the next few hours to handle all of this demand that exceeds anything that we had expected.”

Many other states encountered traffic issues with their independent Obamacare registration websites. This was rather embarrassing for well-known news broadcasting station MSNBC as they attempted to demonstrate the registration process online, but unexpectedly failed as shown below (Source: Weazelzippers).


Various registrants who encountered issues with the websites in their states have expressed their frustration on Twitter:

[Image source: Screen shot of New York State of Health website taken by Chad Sweely 10/01/13 at 9:45p EST.]

  • CJ

    I am in North Carolina and had absolutely no problem
    ….. I would bet a lot of the site problems are from the intransient republicans (tea partiers and others) who get their followers to flood the sites so there WOULD be problems….

    • Deborah

      you are absolutely crazy, many tea party people wouldn’t waste their time on a wasted effort like this, it is a failure before it is even up and running, you my dear are an idiot. Clueless, do you know this is just a game to bankrupt the entire country. oh thats’ right u want something for nothing. in all my life there has never been anything given to me of any value. Hence obamacare is an Obamiantion to our country.

  • Russ

    Maybe you didn’t hear, the Government is shutting down.

  • Deborah

    I simply cannot believe this : all these people think they are getting something for free. What’s wrong with the population of America that you cannot figure this out. Shame on Americans that want all these gvt handouts. Well sign up for up and tell me about Socialized medicine : no don’t tell me : If it is soo good then why doesn’t Obama take it and Congress and Senator’s. Since it is so wonderful.

    • Leeza

      It’s not free. We pay taxes or maybe you don’t. I assume you have inssurance though your employer. If they pay for it your getting it for free. In case you don’t know the gov. uses our money to make money. Sounds like you need to educate your self before you start spouting off.

  • http://webpronews.com John P. Jackson

    Bet being unable to access the Obamacare website on air broke MSNBC’S heart!

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