California’s insurance exchange wrongly reports it received 5 million hits on its website the first day of #Obamacare. They meant 645,000.—
ROCKET45.COM! (@64Whiskey) October 03, 2013
That incredible traffic the California Obamacare exchange website received on day one? Yeah, not so much.
5 million … 645,000 … easy mistake to make. A spokesman for Covered California explained, “Someone misspoke and thought it was indeed 5 million hits. That was incorrect.”
Someone also “misspoke” on the marketplace’s Twitter feed.
Those tweets have not been deleted and Covered California has not tweeted a correction.
Check out the absurdly inflated number gleefully promoted by Senior White House communications adviser Tara McGuinness and her two exclamation points:
Covered California, enrolled first person at 8:46 a.m. – Peter Lee, the marketplace’s ED said site getting 10,000 hits every second!!—
Tara McGuinness (@HealthCareTara) October 01, 2013
Press secretary Jay Carney also tried selling that number when he retweeted McGuinness .
A screenshot to remember Carney’s retweet by:
Wow! Obamacare really is popular in California! Or not:
As it turns out, traffic peaked at 16,000 hits per minute (if the revised numbers are to be believed). Fascinating that McGuinness, a former Center for American Progress exec, didn’t retweet that information.
While we wait for her to issue a correction (and we’re not holding our breath), let’s hear from CBS’ Jan Crawford about what led to “glitches” when the marketplaces rolled out: