At a critical time wherein the deadline for this year for enrolling for private health insurance through Obamacare
hits today, the Healthcare.gov website went down--again. It’s now back up, although there are reports that accessibility is still sporadic, and in any case many users are being put in a digital queue and given a message reading, “HealthCare.gov has a lot of visitors right now!”
This runs somewhat counter to what NBC News reported, which is that that the Department of Health and Human Services said that the issue was not related to an excessively high volume of visitors trying to get their applications in under the wire but was due to a technical glitch that led to an additional four hours of downtime overnight during regular maintenance.
While many are no doubt nervous that they won’t be able to register in time, the HHS said that as long as you get in line before midnight tonight, you can still get your application in. Further, they’ll accept paper applications until as late as April 7th.
Regardless of anyone’s feelings on the Affordable Care Act
, the performance of this system has been shameful. As we’ve said before, this particular failure has nothing to do with the normal tug and pull between politicians and everything to do with simple incompetence. It’s a website; it should function properly.
What’s most galling about the Healthcare.gov site’s current failure is that these problems have been present from the day the site launched. It’s been about five months now, and still the problems persist.