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Obamacare's new antagonist: The Obamacare sign-up website

@MarcACaputo

Obamacare has a new antagonist: The Obamacare sign-up website.

Over the weekend, healthcare.gov was pulled down for maintenance at off-peak hours because of persistent glitches people encountered once the site went, er, “live” on Tuesday.

The computer snafu was like a gift to Republicans, who have suffered in the polls since precipitating a partial-government shutdown over Obamacare that happened to coincide with the website’s launch.

With each reported website woe, it’s easier for Republicans to draw a line between a possible computer programming failure and a government program failure. Unlike the government shutdown, Republicans bear no discernable blame for the online shutdown.

In damage control, President Barack Obama and his administration urged patience and understanding. They’ve released web-traffic numbers, but refuse to disclose enrollment figures.

“What’s happened is the website got overwhelmed by the volume," Obama told the Associated Press in an interview released Saturday.

“Folks are working around the clock and have been systematically reducing the wait times,” Obama said. “But we are confident that over the course of the six months — because it's important to remember people have six months to sign up — that we are going to probably exceed what anybody expected in terms of the amount of interest that people have."

Wait.

What?

How could the Obama Administration not design a system to handle demand from the start? Isn’t that a raison d'être of the Affordable Care Act — that there’s demand or need from up to 48 million uninsured Americans (about 3.8 million in Florida, the second-least insured state behind Texas)?

And is this really a case of a great online product suffering from being too desirable?

Computer experts have their doubts.

Column here

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Linda

Marco Rubio is getting a pass from the media on the government shutdown. He's just as crazy as his Tea Party comrades and is part of the cause for this new economic depression we are about to enter.

Ed Jenkins

As we have seen many times already, government run programs result in inefficiency, poor end products and waste, fraud and corruption. It is no wonder that the people of Florida and America are so against this program that Obama tried to import from failing European countries. Perhaps he should run for office there where people are more interested in his socialist philosophy.

As for here, the American people prefer a system where they can decide which goods and services they buy and what price they are willing to pay. People moved to this country for the ability to make their own way and prosper. They resent neighbors that think they can just mooch off their neighbors rather than paying their own bills. For those that have no ability to pay the country is the most generous on earth and charities will serve them in a more compassionate manner than a heartless government bureaucrat.

Repubtallygirl

@Linda, keep drinking the obama koolaide.

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