That’s Department of Labor Deputy Secretary Seth Harris, assuring us this morning that Obamacare’s health insurance exchange website is working just fine.

But don’t pick on Seth. He’s just parroting the White House:


HHS told a (Fort Myers, FL) News-Press reporter that any problems with the websites are solely the fault of high traffic, not design flaws:

Open for business? No design flaws?  Uninsured people are enrolling? Great news! Apparently all those glitches that Twitchy noticed yesterday have been resolved.

Then again, maybe not…

Good point.

  • WhoMeToo

    Government at its finest. Enjoy. ~_^

  • grais


    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ


      • disqus_eric


        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Or a canoe, for that matter.
          (Although many of them ARE “canoes,” of quite a different sort…)

    • TexSizzle

      BAD (Broken As Designed)

  • RblDiver

    Clearly the site is working just fine, it’s all those millions who are doing it wrong!

  • redheadgrl

    Welcome to the world of government. It’s going to be “fun” getting healthcare delivered to us like the DMV.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I’m unable to log in, even though I have a username (for my State’s website– I pay estimated tax to my state, and they’ll be using the same log-in protocol as the tax agency).

      But oddly enough (as I live in a Blue State), on the same page as my health care exchange information sign-in, is the ability to register to vote– as long as I use my DMV license number to do it! (No joke– square biz!) Hmmmm- does Eric Holder know about this? Does Barry know that enough dissatisfied voters might want to register Republican and might use the health care exchange page to do it?

  • The Jackal

    Get used to it people. I was injured on the job as a letter carrier a year and a half ago. Claim was approved six months ago and still have not been paid for my medical bills. Good Luck with Obamacare. HaHaHaHaHaHa!

  • klbout

    How long would on-line Retailers stay in business if they couldn’t handle the traffic that got yesterday?

    To most on-line Retailers, the amount of traffic got yesterday would be considered severely disappointing.

  • wolfie773

    As an IT professional who has supported applications in varying capacities for 20 years, I am trying to imagine a scenario in which it would be acceptable for an app not to work due to high volume. I guess I haven’t worked on any government projects. What a cluster.

    • Magdalene51

      I know, right? My husband is a web applications developer for an insurance carrier. Their sites are crash-tested beyond belief, for months, until they pass muster. He would be embarrassed to have put out a piece of trash like that. I guess their IT guys couldn’t make it in the private sector, eh?

      • AMERICAN Kafir™✓SAP

        They don’t have any… it’s pretty obvious, or they are on ‘furlough’. You’d think that any techies they had working on this project would be considered ‘essential’. Knowing this admin… probably not. “Computer geeks? What do we need those for?”

        • JohnT

          Sadly, these are not government programmers- they probably have a little more pride in their work. The work for the federal exchange was subcontracted out to a company called QSSI – I wonder how many tens of millions we as taxpayers paid for what was delivered.

    • Archaic

      I’ve been an amateur web designer for 15 years and none of my websites have *ever* glitched like under high volume traffic. Bad coding? Certainly. The only thing high traffic caused was total website crashes, completely unavailable.

  • Marvin Nelson

    Tried signing up again in GA. Took forever to get to sign in page, there are NO security questions! This has been going since the stupid exchange opened. An IT person in the private sector would be looking work if he/she had designed this piece of crap.

  • TocksNedlog

    Gee, it’s just like standing in line for bread in the Soviet Union!
    Which would be great, if there was bread.

  • Zach Smith

    There’s probably some incompatibility with the NSA software.

  • TocksNedlog

    “I Want to know how many actually enrolled?”
    — Okay, here’s what you do: take the number of people that showed up for the last Sandra Fluke rally, divide that by 3, subtract 4, carry the zero, round down for greater accuracy, then . . .

  • Hcon1

    ObamaCare Launches!
    Amid the terror and despair generated by the Evil and Obstructionist GOP, one ray of sunshine beams down upon a grateful nation: ObamaCare will not be delayed by the government shutdown. The launch of the nation’s only great achievement of this entire century — If not it’s entire history — has taken place and all systems are GO!
    We at the People’s Cube applaud this bold step into the World of next Tuesday! All Aboard The Healthcare of the Future!

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    The DMV actually sounds less frustrating than this Obamacare website crap. Heckuva job, Barry!


    I just LOVE how all the colors at the website are UN colors: Blue and Orange.

  • Sinjun

    notice they didn’t say unique visitors those 4.7 million claimed in that tweet could be nothing more than a much fewer number reloading the page over and over again trying to get on.

  • Right

    I’ve been trying since yesterday. First, couldn’t get on at all. Then, it kept telling me that I had entered identical answers to security questions (I hadn’t). Finally was able to create an account, but then when I tried to log in, it said that the user name or password were invalid. Clicked the “forgot password” link (even though I hadn’t), entered my user ID, and got an email with a reset link. Clicked the link and got taken to a page that said my user ID could not be found (I didn’t enter anything, it was embedded in the link). What a mess. I’ve never seen a worse web application implementation, and the administration’s claim that the servers are simply overwhelmed is BS. The types of errors people are experiencing aren’t the kind you get with overloaded servers. Overloaded servers simply don’t respond. These are logic errors, most likely due to buggy code.