Twitchy has already told you plenty of stories of people who tried to sign up for the new Obamacare health insurance exchanges today, only to find that technical errors prevented them from getting past step three. Can you imagine how embarrassing that would be if it happened on the air? There’s no need to imagine; an MSNBC reporter this morning tried to demonstrate the sign-up process live on the air this morning, and ended up bailing out and calling it a day.

It wasn’t for a lack of trying. Once the website threw up an internal server error (after 30 minutes), she tried to use online chat, but “that didn’t go anywhere.” Fifteen minutes into the second unanswered phone call to support, she gave up, saying “this is where my patience would be exhausted” if signing up for real. The best part is than you can overhear an executive producer in the background say she couldn’t sign up at another state’s exchange — so much for a backup plan.

If any news network was counting on making look good, it was MSNBC. CNN gave it a shot too, but no luck there either.

The iPhone line comes from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ request that people give the health insurance exchanges the same slack they gave Apple during the rollout of its new iOS7 operating system.

So cut the government some slack. They’ve only had three years to get this right.

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Update: NBC has chosen to have a reporter follow along as an average citizen finds himself stonewalled by the website. Something tells us more than one person in Texas had problems.

(hat tip: @ConservaChick)

  • cmerlo1

    The perfect metaphor for all things Obamacare. The website issues are just the tip of the failberg.

  • Frank Milella

    The same slack as Apple? You idiot…I wanted my iMac and my iPhone products and no one forced me to purchase them

    • ObamaFail

      Plus, you CHOSE to buy Apple products. That’s why Apple is better than Obamacare. You had a choice on buying a Mac or a PC. Obamacare deprives us of choice.

      • lainer51

        Exactly. I don’t like Apple products so I go elsewhere; don’t have that option with OBummer HellCare.

        • Calcat36

          When is pro-choice not pro-choice? When libtards and socialist dictator wanna bees MANDATE your actions!

          • JD

            they are pro-choice, unless you’re talking about guns, healthcare, speech, etc…

    • Lidsamy

      yeah, what the hell glitches? My iMac and IPhone work perfectly.

    • JD

      agreed. you beat me to the punch.

  • TroyGates

    Checked, its working why isn’t Obama promised they were the same this morning…

  • RblDiver

    When you’ve lost MSNBC…

  • Brother bob

    Just remember if you sign up for this pos… Your life is in their hands.

  • walterc

    Good thing it was MSNBC. This could embarrassing for the gov’t if someone actually saw this.

  • KillerKellyReno

    Tried for an hour to create account at the NV exchange. Even King Harry’s power couldn’t make it work. Kept telling me my password and account don’t match. Funny, I purposely set them VERY CAREFULLY and know they match. When I answered security questions correctly, the system crashed and dumped me off the portal. Wow. Our tax dollars at work. NOT!

  • ObamaFail

    Imagine how hilarious it would have been to watch the water-carriers fail miserably on live television to sign up on their God’s healthcare. Which was supposed to be “easy and fast!!”

    • spaceycakes

      “Which was supposed to be “easy and fast!!””

      whaddya want? this isn’t abortion!

  • MLCross

    The Washington Post is reporting that there are “glitches” in 34 States. So, out of 57, almost half the States are having problems with ObamaCare.

    • MLCross

      I also heard that math doesn’t work anymore because of the government shutdown.

      • ObamaFail

        Libs weren’t using math anyway, so it’s no loss to them. Seriously, they don’t use math. Just look at how libs think premiums going up is “healthcare becoming more affordable.”

        • spaceycakes

          not ‘math’–‘METH’

      • Hot_wings

        Me likey ! Keep ’em coming please ! I need a good laugh! I think we all do !

    • World B. Free

      haha… I see what you did there.

    • therantinggeek

      Those “glitches” are most likely a programming error in either the SQL database or within the web page coding itself. That stuff isn’t caused by the “millions” of visitors, contrary to what some have said. #CodeMonkey

      • MLCross

        Yes. Of course they’re coding errors. If you read the June article in The Atlantic on the build of the ObamaCare site, you find out that, in an effort to ‘reuse’ the code, they made it open source and made it available for all the States to use and customize for their own exchanges. So, the garbage code wasn’t localized to just the Federal site. It was propagated across a bunch of sites – The State Exchanges that grabbed the open source code, changed the cosmetics with their own look and State logo and deployed it as written without testing it. These are absolutely amateurish and basic errors in process they’ve committed and these are the folks we’re trusting our healthcare information with.

  • ObamaFail

    “Give us the same slack they give Apple.” Apple doesn’t FORCE US AGAINST OUR WILL to buy their products. That’s why people don’t throw a fit on Apple when they have a tech problem. Because they chose to buy Apple products, and chose to deal with any issues that may arise with their product. Obamacare was rammed down our throats. So they don’t get any “slack” when things are screwed up with it

    • Calcat36

      Give us the same slack that barry gave Congress, unions, BIG Business, etc…

  • Clayton Grant

    With this monstrosity, patients will continue to be exhausted….

  • CO2 Producer

    The U.S. populace is experiencing Obamacare growing pains, but treatment of this emerging epidemic–caused by a new strain of the PITA virus*–is not covered under the Affordable Care Act. At present, little is known of this strain, even by its inventors, and a cure has not been found. Remedy: exploring options in alternative medicine (highly recommended).

    *Telltale symptoms include major discomfort of the buttockal region, a rapid increase in heart rate, and sudden outbursts of frustration.

    • Calcat36

      And armed IRS agents knocking at the door saying that “we are from the government and we are here to “help” you get into the system…”

  • syvyn11

    The buttkissers at MSNBC get a huge dose of karma.

  • spaceycakes

    Grand Moff Sebelius ought to know about ‘slack’….just sayin’

    • Calcat36

      Strong with the dark side is she.

  • stellatruman

    Obamacare is so awesome that folks should camp out HHS and wait for it . If they start today, the might be enrolled by Jan 1st and avoid being fined

  • beebop1952

    Just remember: the last time we had a shutdown Bill Clinton got lucky ….

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      And he used the situation to his political advantage, too.


      • beebop1952


        • Calcat36

          Didn’t he kill a janitor with about a million tomahawks to stop the bimbo explosions too?

  • LegalizeShemp

    Thanks MSNBC for proving conservatives are correct, government is the worst way to do anything.

  • LegalizeShemp

    If you get tired while taking hours applying for coverage online, can you then list “chronic fatigue” as a pre-existing condition on your application? Inquiring minds want to know !

  • LegalizeShemp

    If you need an abortion right away, Planned Parenthood will send a limo over to pick you up.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    I hope some RNC staffer remembers to use this in a campaign spot next year.

  • Brett the Brit

    Always sad when the cheerleaders realise the team didn’t show up.

  • CrashFroelich

    Schadenfreude is my new favorite emotion.

  • lisanemo

    Oh goodness, in my job I have to call SSA to help people get benefits awards letters. I have been on hold up to an hour. The good thing is that, except for one lady in D.C., the people I have dealt with are great. Being on hold for long periods of time is just part of my job. She gave up too soon…lol

  • rivers

    I can’t fathom how this failure to launch is remotely acceptable. How long have they had to prepare this? Did they not know last week, yesterday, whatever, whether or not the sites were working? What kind of loser, incompetent boobs do they have running this gig. Never mind. Don’t answer that.

  • Adam Steiger

    All this and more on ‘Free Pass’ with Alec Baldwin.

    My Creed: To engage others online with respect, civility, and (if needed) blunt honesty.

  • therantinggeek

    I find it interesting that a few people here and there have claimed they were successful in their endeavors to not only register on the new site, but managed to select a new health insurance policy. I won’t name any names, of course, but here’s my challenge to them:

    Prove it. And I’m not just talking screenshots, either, I’m challenging you to put up a video on YouTube and reproduce your success. Perhaps you could serve as a positive example to the folks at CNN and MSNBC. Of course, I won’t be holding my breath for something like this to happen; if it does it’ll be nothing short of a divine miracle. #myeightyeightcentsworth

  • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

    I just had a thought. Maybe you have to donate to the DNC to get the exchanges to work properly?

  • Calcat36

    Think of all the abortions put off because of a “glitch!” So ozero is no longer pro-choice?

    Now, if a poor, poor black woman cannot afford to get an ID to vote, or has no way to get to the DMV, how the hell is that poor, poor black woman going to get online via a computer and the interwebz, to get ozerocare? Registration REQUIRES an email address. How do poor, poor black folk get one of those?

    Why does Barry Soetoro refuse poor, poor black folk their “right” to free health care? Oh wait, the WH has just silently took the free out of free care!

  • JD

    The difference is nobody is forcing me to buy an iPhone.

  • John Smith

    Maybe so many people are trying to sign up that the system is overloaded. And it’s not like everybody made an effort to support it. If volume was so low that it was easy to get through, how many would say that was proof nobody wants it?